Faye Seeman, principal harpist of the Chicago Sinfonietta and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras, is adjunct professor of harp studies at both Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University. She is the founder of the “Kithara” flute, cello and harp trio and has led the group to fame with its broadcast work on WTTW's “30 Good Minutes,” the recording of two CDs, and performances of many recitals throughout the Midwest.
Her newest group, the “ZigZag” Jazz Harp Quartet, recently recorded Caught, a CD featuring Seeman’s compositions, jazz standards and free improvisation. Ms Seeman has been on the faculty of the Birch Creek Music Festival in Door County, Wi, and in summer 2009 was a guest lecturer at the Midwest Harp Festival in Tulsa,Ok and at the Pacific Harp Institute in Seattle, Wa.
Students in Ms. Seeman’s studio may expect to cover the following:
standard solo repertoire-music of Salzedo, Grandjany, Tournier, Handel, Dussek, Peschetti and others
technique-major scales, arpeggios and tonic glissandos
Salzedo method, including Method for Harp, Preludes Intimes, Bochsa etudes and others
standard orchestral, ballet and opera excerpts
skillful and confident tuning
complete recital preparation
chamber music-standard repertoire as time allows
Advanced studies will include:
arranging for harp and various instruments
pedagogy of the harp
history and repertoire of the harp
improvisation on jazz standard format and non-traditional settings