With experience teaching a wide range of ages and levels, Kathryn Harms is dedicated to imparting her knowledge and love of music through innovative teaching and mentoring.


Photo: Kristin Bowlby Photography

Photo: Kristin Bowlby Photography

Kathryn Harms maintains a private teaching studio based in Boulder, CO, and is a regular faculty member at the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program during the summer. With over a decade of private teaching experience, she has taught a multitude of students including adult beginners and advanced high school students. Through her own extensive studies with notable pedagogues, she has experienced a wide variety of instructional approaches as well as vastly different teachings styles.

Harms served as the graduate teaching assistant for the University of Colorado Boulder harp studio under the guidance of Janet Harriman while she was pursuing her Master of Music degree in Music Performance. As the teaching assistant, she frequently taught supplemental lessons to undergraduate harp (major and non-major) students in addition to coaching chamber groups and preparing students for large ensembles.

Previously, Harms received her Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University as a student of distinguished professor of harp Elizabeth Richter. Her studies at Ball State included formal course instruction on harp pedagogy and literature, guided teaching, frequent masterclasses, guest artists, and a supportive studio environment that encouraged and inspired excellence. Harms attended Ball State University as an Emens and Presidential Scholar, awards for leadership and academic excellence respectively. During the course of her degree, she was selected as the 2012 Ball State Presser Scholar, a distinction awarded to the most outstanding junior music student.

Prior to beginning her university education, her prominent mentors included coastal Virginia harpist Vince Zentner and Williamsburg Youth Harp Society's founding teacher, Cynthia Campbell. Harms has also taught supplemental lessons and harp ensemble preparatory class through the Williamsburg Youth Harp Society (formerly the Rawls Byrd Elementary School Harp Program), the program that first provided her with the opportunity to study harp.

Teaching Credentials

Master of Music, CU Boulder
Teacher: Janet Harriman
Bachelor of Music, Ball State University
Teacher: Elizabeth Richter

Faculty Instructor, Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program 2017-18

Graduate Teaching Assistant, CU Boulder, 2013-16
Educator, Williamsburg Youth Harp Society, 2007-09
10 years of private teaching experience

Additional Teachers

Cynthia Campbell
Diana Elliott Dunnavant
Vince Zentner


Additional Music Training

Marrowstone Music Festival; Heidi Lehwalder
Nebraska Harp Workshop; Julie Smith Phillips, Rachel Starr Ellins, Gaye LeBlanc
Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program; Grace Bauson, Rachel Browne Cassapia
Isabelle Perrin Summer Harp Institute
Pierre Monteux School; Michael Jinbo, Music Director
National Music Festival; Dickie Fleisher
Saratoga Harp Colony; Elizabeth Hainen, Nancy Lendrim, Kim Rowe
MPulse Ann Arbor Summer Institute; Lynne Aspnes
Young Artist Harp Seminar; Kim Rowe, Susan Bennett Brady


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