From state fair performances to international solo recitals, Kathryn Harms is passionate about increasing the exposure, appreciation, and demand for harp in today's music scenes.
Kathryn Harms performs regularly throughout Colorado and New Mexico with recent highlights including performances with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Ars Nova Singers. Equally at home in an orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber group, or as a soloist, she is eager to collaborate with other performers in addition to her solo endeavors.
Harms made her international solo debut in 2012 at Mukogawa Women's University in Nishinomiya, Japan as the featured Ball State exchange-soloist after winning first place in the Undergraduate Concerto Competition. In addition to her recital in Japan, she performed the Liberamente capriccioso-Vivace from Ginastera's Harp Concerto with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. In 2010, she placed first in the Jan Pennington Gray National Harp Scholarship Competition and was selected as a national finalist in the Anne Adams Awards harp competition.
An avid promoter of new music, Harms regularly collaborates with composers to encourage quality and innovative composition for the harp. In 2015, Harms was a recipient of an American Harp Society, Inc. grant to commission a new work for harp and string quartet that embedded the harpist into the piece as a true chamber musician. Harms premiered the quintet, I ran out of black paint and sunshine by Kurt M. Mehlenbacher, with the award-winning Altius Quartet as the finale of the 2015-2016 CU Pendulum New Music Concert Series. Harms is also a member of the Green Room Artists, a collective of chamber musicians based in Boulder, Colorado. Dedicated to the creation of new ideas, they are professional musicians who push the boundaries of music and art both new and old. They aim to commission new works, reveal new insights into older works, and support their community through outreach, concerts, and events.
In 2016, Harms was selected as the harp fellow for Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA, where she worked closely with renowned harpist Heidi Lehwalder and performed with the chamber orchestra and festival orchestra, including a performance with Dale Clevenger at the podium. In the Summer of 2011, Harms was selected as principal harpist for the Pierre Monteux School Orchestra in Hancock, ME; and also served as the harp apprentice for the debut season of the National Music Festival, studying with Dickie Fleisher.
She completed her Master of Music degree in Music Performance studying with Janet Harriman. While pursuing her degree, Harms served as principal harp for CU Boulder's Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Eklund Opera. In addition, she regularly premiered new works on the CU Pendulum New Music Concert Series and was a featured soloist with the CU Chamber Orchestra performing Debussy's Danses Sacrée et Profane. Locally, she has performed with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Wind Ensemble, the Colorado New Music Ensemble, and Boulder Opera.
While studying at Ball State University, Harms performed as principal harp with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Choir as a student of Elizabeth Richter. While in residence in Indiana, she performed with the 2012 Honors Band of America, the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra, and the Earlham College Symphony Orchestra. In Williamsburg, VA, she was invited to perform with the College of William & Mary's Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.