Pre-College Harp Program
Faculty & Instructors
Pre-College Harp Program Director
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 www.summerharpacademy.org