About the area:
SUNY Fredonia provides an ideal educational environment for harpists. The mutually respectful and supportive atmosphere between students in the harp studio encourages great personal achievements. Each harpist’s past experience and ultimate goals are taken into consideration when developing their individual progression of repertoire.
Home to excellent facilities and an exceptional faculty, the School of Music offers numerous degree options for harpists. These include harp performance, music education, music therapy, sound recording technology, composition, and the applied major, as well as a variety of graduate degrees.
Each student receives a weekly private lesson, performs in Recital Seminar (a kind of masterclass), and participates in several of the outstanding large ensembles - including two orchestras and four bands. Chamber music and non-traditional ensembles provide additional performance opportunities.
Private lessons, centered on both ensemble and solo pieces, incorporate a wide range of topics and skills. Through detailed study of individually chosen repertoire, students improve practice habits, memorization skills, technical abilities and musicianship. Each semester culminates in a juried performance of contrasting styles ranging from the Baroque period through contemporary works. A full solo recital serves as a grand finale to several of the degree programs.
The weekly Recital Seminar provides a safe and encouraging atmosphere where harpists perform for each other. Fellow students offer positive feedback and suggestions for improvement – a perfect venue for conquering performance anxiety.
No matter what your musical ambitions are as a harpist, SUNY Fredonia is an excellent place to cultivate your dreams.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings