Pre-College Harp Program

Pre-College Harp Program

Faculty & Instructors

Elzbieta Szmyt

Pre-College Harp Program Director
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Elzbieta M. Szmyt

Professor of Music, Harp Department Chair, 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

Fan Fen Tai

A Native of Taiwan, harpist Fan-Fen Tai was the prizewinner of numerous competitions including the Laureate Prize at the First Vera Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow, the top prize of the Travel Grant Competition and the “People’s Choice” from Indiana University, prize winner of Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, President’s Competition of University of Arizona, and First Prize of Taipei Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and First Prize at The First Taiwan Harp Competition.

Tai has served as an adjunct faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University since 2010. She earned a D.M. from Indiana University in 2009. M.M. from the University of Arizona and a B.M. from Taipei National University of Arts.

As an avid chamber musician, she formed a harp and violin duo, BloomingDuo. The duo premiered composer Aaron Travers’ Three Dances and Vals for Susann, which was premiered at the 10th USA International Harp Competition in 2016 and performed in the world Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017.