Pre-College Harp Program

Pre-College Harp Program

Faculty & Instructors

Elzbieta Szmyt

Pre-College Harp Program Director
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Elzbieta M. Szmyt

Associate Professor of Music, Jacobs School of Music

Director, Department of Pre-College Harp Program
  • Artist Diploma , Indiana University, 1991

  • Master of Science, Warsaw University, 1987

  • Master of Science, Chopin Academy of Music, 1987

  • Bachelor of Science, Warsaw University, 1986

Elzbieta Szmyt is the director of the Pre-College Harp Program. She studied with Alina Baranowska-Liese, Susann McDonald, and Pierre Jamet. She is a regular performer of solo and chamber recitals and has taught master classes in Europe and the United States.

Ms. Szmyt has made several appearances and recordings for Polish radio and television. She has been a featured soloist with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Krakow Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis. She performed at the World Harp Congresses in Denmark (1993) and Prague (1999). Her research interests include pedagogy and the psychology of music.

In 2012, Ms. Szmyt founded The Summer Harp Academy, a week-long program designed to develop the versatile harpist.  She teaches daily masterclasses, workshops, ensemble rehearsals and private lessons along with world renowned pop harpist Jan Jennings.  The Summer Harp Academy is held in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit