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The harp program offers training in both solo and ensemble playing as well as teaching and other opportunities outside the concert hall.
In private lessons and weekly studio seminars, students are encouraged to explore as broad a repertoire as possible. Chamber music is an integral part of the YSM experience, and students also play in various ensembles and configurations in the New Music New Haven series.
The Yale Philharmonia offers important orchestral experience, with a wide variety of repertoire and frequent opportunities to work with guest conductors.
Two harpists in recent years have won the annual Woolsey Concerto Competition: Kristan Toczko won in 2011 for her performance of the Ginastera Harp Concerto, and Antoine Malette-Chénier won in 2013 with the Harp Concerto by R. Murray Schafer. Winners of the Woolsey Competition perform with the Yale Philharmonia in the following season.