Anderson University harp program aims to help students develop individual artistry, as well as offer them boundless opportunities to perform in collaborative, orchestral, band, choral, operatic, and jazz settings. The curriculum includes studies in the instrument’s technique, repertoire, literature, audition preparation, competition skills, and pedagogy. It is also home of the Anderson University Harp Camp.
Dr. Heaven Fan’s performances have been described by critics as captivating, charming, and virtuosic. She has won competitions in Taiwan and the United States, including the Travel Grant Competition of Indiana University, the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. She was invited internationally as a featured soloist in the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana, the Festival of Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Fukui Harp Festival in Japan, the Boston Harp Festival, the World Harp Congresses, the International Harp Festival of Mexico, and the New Year Concerts with the Qingdao Municipal Opera and Dance Drama Theater Orchestra in China. As an orchestra musician, Dr. Fan has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Lafayette Master Chorale, Ronen Chamber Ensemble of Indianapolis, and other regional orchestras throughout Central Indiana. In 2016-2017, Dr. Fan performed and taught in China where she also served as Guest Principal Harpist with the Yellow River Symphony Orchestra of China.
Dr. Fan has received her bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in both harp and piano from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) in Australia, and her master’s degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Music in harp performance from Indiana University studying with distinguished professor Susann McDonald. As a harp scholar, Dr. Fan is the first person to publish an in-depth analysis on the New Method for the Harp by the early 19th-century English harp virtuoso Elias Parish Alvars, which was published in the 2011 winter issue of the American Harp Journal. Dr. Fan has also been elected as a member to Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, and classified by the US Government as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts.
As the Director of the Harp Department at Anderson University, Dr. Fan is also a member of the artist faculty of the MasterWorks Festival. She has been invited as a guest coach working with young harpists of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Side-by-Side program and the New World Youth Orchestras of Indianapolis. Her students have won first prizes in national and international competitions and have held orchestra positions. In 2017, Dr. Fan served as the advisor for the Central Illinois Roslyn Rensch Chapter’s Auditions and Evaluations, a two-part program focusing on the improvement by participating in two events sponsored by the American Harp Society. She has also served as Chair/MC for the panel discussion with jury members at the Fifth International Harp Competition and Festival of Mexico in 2017. Dr. Fan has served on the judging panels for the 2007 National Harp Competition in Taiwan, the 2008 and 2012 Young Artist’s Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Individual Artist Program of the Indiana Arts Commission for FY2012, the 2013 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, and the Fourth International Harp Competition in Mexico. Dr. Fan also serves on the Board of Directors of the prestigious USA International Harp Competition.