When you study harp at CIM, you’ll be prepared to excel as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician. It starts with your weekly private lessons with our world-class department head, Yolanda Kondonassis. An additional weekly two-hour harp class addresses topics ranging from orchestral and ensemble repertoire to harp maintenance and career management.

Then you’ll take the stage to perform in solo recitals, chamber ensembles, orchestra and new music ensembles. Competition and support from your peers and teachers ensure a high level of musicality as well as long-lasting friendships.

CIM Harpist Success

Meet Julie Smith Phillips

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Since 2007, Julie Smith Phillips has been principal harp for the San Diego Symphony. Previously, she served as acting principal harp with Milwaukee Symphony and principal harp with New World Symphony. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees (2002, 2004) at CIM, studying with Yolanda Kondonassis. 

Harp Alumni Include:

  • Karen Abrahamson
  • Meredith Clark
  • Elizabeth Colpean
  • Karen Gottlieb
  • Marissa Knaub
  • Constance Koo
  • Cheryl Losey Feder
  • Yinuo Mu
  • Joseph Rebman
  • Julie Smith Phillips
  • Christina Tamarelli
  • Earecka Tregenza

Concerts and events

Oct 16 Wed
4:00 pm
Fall Conservatory Concerto Competition
Competition, Concert Series
Oct 30 Wed
8:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Carolyn Warner & Friends XVI
Faculty Recital, Concert Series
Oct 31 Thu
4:30 pm
Viola Master Class with Michael Klotz
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Nov 5 Tue
10:00 am
Chamber Music Master Class with Philip Setzer
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Nov 7 Thu
7:30 pm
Second Artist Diploma Recital: James Thompson, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals