Julia Kay Jamieson - harpist, composer, teacher
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A passionate advocate for new music, she is the principal harpist of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, has given numerous world premiere performances and has performed in SEAMUS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) conferences. Julia was the featured concert artist, clinician and composer for events including the 2017 and 2012 annual Harp Day in Eugene, Oregon, the 2012 Illinois Summer harp class, and the 2014 High Cascade Harp Camp in Suttle Lake, OR. She is a regular faculty member and featured presenter at the Canadian International Summer Harp Institute. She has been commissioned to write several harp ensemble pieces, including “Sea” and “Locomotive” for the Illinois Summer Harp Class. As a founding member of the quartet, The HarpCore 4, Julia has innovatively arranged and performed popular music throughout the country, including a performance in the 2015 Midwest Harp Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the 2010 American Harp Society National Conference in Tacoma, Washington.

As a professional harpist, she won First Prize in the 2002 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Biennial Solo Competition. Julia was the winner of the School of Music Concerto Competition Finals in 2008; she was awarded a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto di Aranjuez with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a soloist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (2010) and the Danville Symphony Orchestra (2018 and 2009). Julia studied with Jocelyn Chang in Cleveland for over a decade, Susann McDonald at Indiana University (BM), and Ann Yeung at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MM) where she served as the teaching assistant in harp. During her tenure as teaching assistant, she was awarded the highest teaching honor at the University of Illinois: the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2009).

Julia's interest in harp pedagogy has led her to writing teaching materials including “The Young at Harp” - a method/solo book for beginning harpists, giving several workshops and master classes for harpists and composers and writing articles for The American Harp Journal. During the summer of 2015 Julia gave “fearless improv” workshops for the American Harp Society Summer Institute in Logan, Utah and in 2016 she was a co-director of the youth harp ensemble “Create, Collaborate, Arpeggiate” for the AHS National Conference in Atlanta. Julia serves on the American Harp Society Board as a Director-at-large, is chair of the Music Education Auditions and Evaluations Committee as well as chair of the AHS Young Composers Project, a new educational program that encourages young harpists to write for their instrument. 

Julia Kay Jamieson  217/390.6474  harphands@gmail.com