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

Harp Alumni Include:

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

Concerts and events

Apr 18 Wed
CANCELLED: First Master of Music Recital: Carina Vincenti, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 18 Wed
4:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Hosanna Carella, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 19 Thu
6:00 pm
Senior Recital: Zion Lee, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 20 Fri
6:30 pm
Senior Recital: Maria G. Beltavski, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 21 Sat
4:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Rebecca Benjamin, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals