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Determined to ensure that audiences receive classical music with appreciation and excitement in the 21st century, Beth Henson is committed to a career of collaboration and exploration.

In 2024 they received their Bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, studying with Joan Holland. They plan to continue their studies there for their master’s.

In their time there, they have founded the Holland trio, which has recently won the Gottlieb award for Excellence in the University’s Collage Concert, and was a finalist in the University of Michigan Briggs Chamber Music Competition. In addition to their work in this trio, Beth pursues chamber music opportunities with under-represented instrumentation choices. 

During their undergraduate degree, Beth has maintained the Principal Harp position in the University’s Symphony Orchestra, and has been invited as a guest harpist to play with the Louisville Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Beth has also been a member of the 2023 Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra and the 2022 Eastern Music Festival Orchestras, and will be joining the Mostly Modern Festival for the 2024 season. A lover of the symphonic repertoire, Beth is always eager to explore the creative possibilities of large ensemble playing.

In their solo accomplishments, Beth advanced to the final rounds of the University of Michigan’s 2023 Concerto competition and the 2023 Lewisville Lake International Concerto Competition. They also prepare and perform a recital program every year. As an advocate for accessible and engaging performances, these programs are curated to showcase the capabilities of the harp and to introduce an audience to the beauty of the instrument and the music. In keeping with the tradition of many harpists before them, Beth is also dedicated to expanding the instrument’s repertoire. They maintain several working relationships with composers to provide part editing, feedback, and commissions, and the world premiere of their collaboration with composer Adam Lenhart is scheduled for August 2024.

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