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 her 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.
Aspnes has recorded numerous premiere works for chorus and harp, with the Minneapolis based choral group VocalEssence, and with the choir of the Riverside Church, New York, and with harpist John Wickey as the TrueNorth Harp Duo. 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 has brought premiere faculty and students together 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.