Harpist Lynne Aspnes is Professor Emeritus for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and a former faculty member in the School of Music at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Aspnes began teaching career at the University of Michigan in 1985 and, during her tenure on the faculty there, served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the String Department, and Director of the Center for Career Development. At Arizona State University Aspnes was Associate Dean in the Herberger College of the Arts from 2007-2009.
With the Minnesota choral group VocalEssence Aspnes has recorded numerous premiere works, on the Collins Classics, CRI, ProArte, RCA Red Seal and Virgin Classics labels; with the choir of the Riverside Church, New York, for the Pro Organo label; and with harpist John Wickey as the TrueNorth Harp Duo for the SoundSet label. Aspnes served on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts from 1987 until 2005, and has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, and South American.
In 2011 Aspnes founded the American Harp Center in Petoskey, Michigan, as a place for harp students to train with the best artist-teachers available. Since its’ inception the AHC ha brought premiere faculty and students together during the summer months for workshops, performances, and community building.
Aspnes began her training in her native Minnesota with her mother, harpist Frances Miller. Aspnes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Rachel Brandwein is the winner of the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Solo Competition. She is under management as the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Artist 2014-2016 and is performing throughout the United States.
Dr. Brandwein is on faculty at Luther College, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University, and at Mount Calvary Academy of Music. Among her performance and composition accomplishments are first prizes and grants in numerous regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, as well as Mu Phi Epsilon.
Joan Raeburn Holland began her study of the harp with Eileen Malone at the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Holland studied with harpist Alice Chalifoux from the age of twelve, earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Holland is resident harpist and instructor of harp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Associate Professor of Harp at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Ms. Holland has a strong commitment to teaching and maintains an active career in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. She is an oft requested presenter for master classes, including appearing at prominent conservatories around the country including CIM and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Notable harp alumni of the Interlochen Center for the Arts include principal harpists in major symphony orchestras and teaching positions across the country.
Noa Kageyama, Ph.D, The Bulletproof Musician
Performance psychologist Dr. Noa Kageyama serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the New World Symphony, where he specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sport psychology principles to perform up to their abilities under pressure. Also a conservatory-trained violinist with degrees from Juilliard and Oberlin, Dr. Kageyama’s understanding of performance pressure and excellence come from his own experiences on the concert stage from the age of two. Through 23 years of training, complete with television and radio appearances, solo performances with orchestra, and international competitions, he experienced first-hand the discipline, hard work, and perseverance it takes to reach an expert level of performance – as well as the frustration of performing poorly at the worst possible moments. Dr. Kageyama’s work has been featured in media outlets ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Lifehacker, and he has has provided seminars for institutions and organizations such as the New England Conservatory, US Armed Forces School of Music, Perlman Music Program, Starling-Delay Symposium, Music Teachers’ National Association, and the National Association for Teachers of Singing.