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 harp class addresses topics ranging from orchestral and ensemble repertoire to pedagogy, performance techniques, harp maintenance and career management. 

Students will also take the stage to perform in solo recitals, chamber ensembles, orchestra and new music ensembles. 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

julie smith phillips

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
  • Shelly Du
  • Rebekah Efthimiou
  • Jennifer Ellis
  • Hannah Lash
  • Rachel Lee Hall
  • Cheryl Losey Feder
  • Yinuo Mu
  • Boram Nam
  • Joseph Rebman
  • Julie Smith Phillips
  • Elizabeth Steiner
  • Earecka Tregenza

Concerts and events

Dec 4 Mon
10:00 am
Junior Recital: Joseph Brown, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Dec 4 Mon
7:00 pm
Guitar Studio Recital
Guitar, Conservatory Student Recitals
Dec 8 Fri
6:30 pm
Junior Recital: Remy Howard, double bass
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Dec 10 Sun
5:00 pm
Dec 11 Mon
3:00 pm
Junior Recital: Jay Lipsutz, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals