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Cynthia Price-Glynn, Chair


Harp Performance

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Your Training

The Boston Conservatory offers everything a harpist could want to explore and experience: a collaborative harp department; a school where individuality is welcomed and nourished; a city that has renowned and extraordinary harpists in a wide spectrum of genres; and an arts environment that features an amazing range of audience and performance opportunities.


  • Applied lessons and recitals
  • Chamber Music
  • Conducting
  • Ear Training
  • Harp Ensemble and Performance Seminar
  • Harp Pedagogy
  • Harmony & Counterpoint
  • Piano Class
  • Liberal Arts Core and Electives
  • Music Electives
  • Music History
  • Orchestras/Large Ensembles
  • Recital and concert attendance
  • Science or Mathematics
  • Theory & Musicology Electives

Your Teachers

The Coordinator of the Harp Department, Cynthia Price-Glynn, is the Principal Harpist with the Boston Ballet, has a broad range of musical experience and interests, and works in numerous genres. The Harp Department also benefits from the rich resources of many other harpists in and beyond the Boston area.

Harp Department Faculty:

Regular Guest Teachers:

*Chamber Music Faculty

Your Department

Average number of undergraduate harp students: 4

Average number of graduate harp students: 2

Your Performance Opportunities

On Campus:

  • The Boston Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Chorale
  • The Boston Conservatory Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • The Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus
  • The Boston Harp Festival (biennial)
  • Boston Harp Gala (biennial performance by harpists from Boston area colleges)
  • Chamber music concerts
  • Collaborative performance with composers, musicians, dancers and actors
  • Contemporary and new music ensembles
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists
  • Solo recitals
  • Students and faculty composer collaborations
  • Pit orchestra for opera, dance and theater productions

Off Campus:

  • Community outreach programs servicing the Greater Boston area
  • GentleMUSES, a theraputic music program at Massachusetts General Hospital and other Boston hospitals
  • Opportunities to collaborate and perform with local music ensembles
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through our Student Services Office

Your Future

Our harp program prepares you to perform at your highest level, whether auditioning for orchestras, competing in competitions, collaborating with composers, performing in recital, honing your unique singer-songwriter skills or arranging music for harp in a variety of genres.


  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • China Philharmonic in Beijing
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
  • New World Symphony
  • Savannah Music Festival
  • Tanglewood Music Center
  • Faculty, Brevard Music Center
  • Resident HealthCare Harpist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA)
  • Resident HealthCare Harpist in Medicana International Hospital and Acibadem Hospital (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Bucharest International Harp Competition
  • The International Harp Contest in Israel
  • Paris International Harp Competition

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