Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

211 South Indiana Avenue Bloomington Indiana 47405 US

IU Jacobs School of Music Harp Department is one of the largest in the world. It welcomes harp majors, harp elective students and pre-college harpists. The program prepares students for a career as a professional harpist by offering individual lessons, master classes, chamber music, orchestra, ensemble, harp pedagogy and harp literature. The Jacobs School offers many opportunities to harp students to work and collaborate with world class faculty members and visiting artists.


Type of School
Music and Arts Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music, Master of Music Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma or Certificate, Performance Diploma or Certificate
Harp instructors:
Elzbieta Szmyt, Professor of Music, Dr. Fan-Fen Tai Adjunct Lecturer of Music
Number of harp students enrolled in 2019-2020
15 - Harp Majors, 17 - Elective harp students, 13 - Pre-college students
Lessons available for non-majors?
Harp minor offered?
Number of school harps:
Space provided for personal harps?
This program is best suited for students who ________.
Love the harp, love to practice, love to learn and collaborate with musicians from around the world.
What sets this program apart from others is ________.
Department size and opportunities for performing and teaching.
Students who graduate from this school go on to ________.
Win competitions and orchestra positions, establish career as a soloists and teachers.
The three words that best describe this school's environment are ________.
Inspirational, professional, and nurturing.
More Information

Harp majors receive private lessons and attend weekly performance master classes with Professor Elzbieta Szmyt. In addition to orchestra repertoire classes, harp ensemble rehearsals and chamber music coaching, the program offers courses in harp pedagogy and harp literature, as well as applied pedagogy.

Each harp major is required to perform in two major ensemble concerts a semester, orchestra or band. There are also numerous opportunities for ad hoc ensemble appearances. The School has three recital halls  and a recording studio. Every other year, the winner of the Harp Department concerto competition performs a concerto with one of the symphonic orchestras in the Musical Arts Center.

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is the home of the USA International Harp Competition, founded in 1989 by Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald.

Updated for 2020-2021
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