Faye Seeman - NIU - School of Music

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Faye SeemanFaye Seeman

Applied Artist
M.M., Boston University

Office: (815) 753-1551


Faye Seeman, principal harpist of the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra since 1993, is adjunct professor of harp studies at Northern Illinois University and Wheaton College. With both bachelors and masters degrees in performance - BA Eastern Michigan University, MM Boston University - Faye balances her experience as a solo performer and orchestral player with her extensive background in teaching to support a diverse free-lance career in music. She was principal harpist of the Joffrey Ballet from 2002-2012, and was recently featured soloist with the Hubbard Street Dance Company, partnering with the dancers while playing William Grant Still’s “Ennanga” for harp, piano and string orchestra. Faye has since performed the piece as soloist with the Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Birch Creek Festival Orchestra in Door County, Wisconsin, and has several more on the calendar for 2014/15. As founder of the “Kithara” flute, cello and harp trio, she has led the group to notoriety with its broadcast work on WTTW’s “30 Good Minutes”, the recording of two Kithara Trio CD’s, and publication of many arrangements for the group through Lyon and Healy Harps West. The trio currently performs in recitals and churches throughout the Midwest, featuring program titles such as “America the Beautiful”, “Beau Soir”, and “A Garden of Musical Delights”. Faye distinguished herself as one of the most versatile harpists in the Midwest by venturing away from playing traditional classical harp music. The “ZigZag” Jazz Harp Quartet (harp, piano, bass and drums), explores an eclectic blend of jazz, classical and new age styles of music.

Summers Faye is on the faculty of the Birch Creek Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, and is guest lecturer at the Midwest Harp Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Pacific Harp Institute in Seattle, Washington. As a solo artist, Faye completed her first CD, “Nearer to Heaven”, in 2010 recorded at Bastyr University chapel in Seattle. The disc features several original compositions, along with transcribed favorites. For more information, go to www.fayeseeman.com.

Students in Ms. Seemans’ studio can expect to cover the following:

Undergrad studies:

  • Standard solo repertoire by Salzedo, Grandjany, Tournier, Handel, Dussek, Peschetti and others
  • technique including major scales, arpeggios, tonic and dominant seven glissandi through study of music by Salzedo, Bochsa, Kondonassis and others
  • standard orchestral, opera and ballet excerpts
  • skillful and confident tuning
  • complete recital preparation using memorization techniques developed by Faye Seeman
  • chamber music as time allows
  • Graduate studies:

    • Preparation of two full-length recitals, focus on independent study material
    • continuation from undergraduate studies on advanced solo repertoire
    • improvisation, new music, world music and jazz standards as requested