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BETH HENSON

HARP

ABOUT

A harpist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Beth Henson enjoys a career of solo, chamber, orchestral, and event music.  She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, studying with Joan Holland.  There she has fostered a passion for playing with ensembles and collaborating with musicians, composers, and other artists.  She currently serves as the Principal Harpist of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and previously she played with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.  Dedicated to facilitating local engagement with music, Beth has organized and performed a concert series for nursing home residents, and intends to expand this outreach.  She was awarded Honorable Mention at the 23rd American Harp Society Competition in the Intermediate II Division.  Beth is determined to ensure that classical music builds audiences with appreciation and excitement in the 21st century.  Committed to a career of collaboration and exploration, Beth is ready to evolve and adapt to share music wherever it will be received.  

Previously, Beth attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, studying with Jacquelyn Bartlett.  She has performed in masterclasses with Katherine Siochi, Gretchen Van Hoesen, Emily Levin, Abigail Kent, Charles Overton, and Nancy Allen.