Frequently Asked Questions
The harp is a fascinating and unique instrument. Kristen is always happy to answer your questions about performance, study, harp-moving, composition and all things harp-related. Here are a few answers to popular questions. If you don't see yours below, contact Kristen!
Where did you study?
I began my harp studies at the age of 9 with an inspiring teacher and accomplished performing harpist, Jenny Lindner. I completed my Bachelor's Degree at the University of Arizona with celebrated recording artist Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, and completed my Masters Degree at the University of Toronto, where I studied with the world-renowned Judy Loman.
What kind of music can you play?
The harp is known for creating beautiful, elegant sounds in both solo and ensemble settings. I have a vast repertoire of classical showpieces and traditional songs that are presented with precision and artistry. As a musician with training in the jazz idiom, I also play jazz standards and show tunes, many times creating my own arrangements. As an advocate for new music I am actively involved in new commissions and composer workshops and I frequently play contemporary and free improv music as a soloist and in collaboration with international ensembles. Finally, I love to bring the harp into unexpected places, and I have appeared with artists such as Kanye West, Chromeo, The Hidden Cameras and with other signed and independent bands.
What kind of harp do you have (and how do you move it)?
I have two concert grand pedal harps, a Lyon and Healy style 30 and an Aoyama Orpheus. The harp-moving process is certainly time-intensive, but made much easier with the use of specially made carts and padded covers for the harp. The harp can be transported to almost any location, indoor or out. I have played at sunset in the Arizona desert, festivals on Toronto Island, on the balcony of a castle, and even in the middle of the ocean (on a cruise ship).
Can you play an outdoor event?
Absolutely. Just a couple of things to keep in mind if you would like to have a harpist play at an outdoor location. The performance area must be level and reasonably protected from the elements. Direct sun and rain can damage the instrument. If you have an outdoor or alternative location in mind and would like to know if it's suitable for a harp, just contact Kristen.
How do I start harp lessons?
It is not difficult to begin lessons, even if you do not want to buy a harp right away. There are companies right here in Toronto who can rent harps to beginning students. Kristen teaches from age 7 to adult. Private lessons are given on a weekly basis to encourage discipline and growth toward your musical goals. If you are interested in starting lessons, contact Kristen to set up a free consultation. She can tell you about the harp, lesson requirements, performance opportunities, answer all of your questions and maybe even play you a tune!