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© Katharine Neufeld

BIOGRAPHY:

.Katharine began her studies in the harp at age 11 under the tutelage of Maureen McKay at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. Two years before she graduated from high school she began to study with Judy Loman, Professor of Harp at the University of Toronto and Principal Harpist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Katharine continued to study with Ms. Loman as she pursued her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto, and she graduated with honours in 1999. From there she moved to Montreal to complete a Masters degree at McGill University under Jennifer Swartz, Professor of Harp at McGill University and Principal Harpist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Katharine completed her Master of Music in Performance at McGill in 2001. Katharine has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (1997) and spent two summers as a scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen Colorado, (1999, 2000) where she studied with New York harpists Stacey Shames and Nancy Allen. She has played with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a semi-finalist (1999) and finalist (2002) in the American String Teacher's Association Solo String Competition.

Katharine has performed solo recitals in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto (March 1998, February 1999), and at Redpath Hall at McGill University (March 2000, December 2000). She has worked many of the major orchestras in Quebec including L'Orchestre Symphonique du Trois Rivières, L'Orchestre Symphonique du Quebec and Les Violons du Roy.