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

Apr 24 Wed
4:00 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Gabe Napoli, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 24 Wed
8:00 pm
Advanced String Quartet Program Concert
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Apr 26 Fri
6:00 pm
Junior Recital: Isaiah Ward, bass
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 26 Fri
8:00 pm
Senior Recital: Martha Mulcahy, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 27 Sat
12:00 pm
Third Professional Studies Recital: Callisto Quartet
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals