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Faye SeemanFaye Seeman

Applied Artist
M.M., Boston University



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 HarpPreludes 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