Harp, Music Theory, Piano
Where are Lessons Offered
Raised in Jacksonville, Illinois, Devon's musical training began at a young age with piano and voice lessons. She began harp study during high school at the age of 15 with Alice Spero Keene at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Subsequent teachers have included Beatriz Martin-Ruiz, Suzann Davids, and Erin Ponto.
She has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Musical Society of Nigeria as a featured soloist, and with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Bradley University Chorale (including on a European tour), Valparaiso Symphony Orchestra, Opera Illinois, Valparaiso University Chorale, and the Bradley University New Music Ensemble. Devon is a member of the American Harp Socity, the World Harp Congress, and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
After attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Devon transferred to Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. She graduated from Valparaiso magna cum laude in 2001 with a BA in Music and in 2005 with MA in Liberal Studies (History Concentration).
From 2013 through 2014, was hired to work in Mumbai, India, and was highly sought after for performances throughout the country, including playing Bollywood hits on the harp (sometimes even in a giant bubble!). In 2015 and 2016, she lived in Lagos, Nigeria, where she played frequently for the events at the Irish Consulate in that city and the Irish Embassy in Abuja. In May of 2016, she partnered with Tunde Jegede, kora virtuoso, and the Musical Society of Nigeria for the world premiere of the New Horizons African Ballet.
Having returned to Central Illinois, she is again an active freelance performer throughout the Midwest and beyond, providing harp music for wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate functions, memorials, and other events.
Her teaching studio includes harp and piano students of all ages and levels, and she was the founding director of the South Bend Harp Ensemble. She has served as the President and Vice President of her local chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.
My Musical Education Background
BA in Music, 2001
MALS in History, 2005
Genres and Subjects Taught
Emphasis is on classical music, but I also teach a well-rounded curriculum of jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, and world music.
Fall semester 2016 (14-week session starting September 8th):
45-minute private lessons: Three payments of $140, or pay $400 in advance
60-minute private lessons: Three payments of $187, or pay $530 in advance
Students beginning lessons mid-semester will pay pro-rated tuition based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Piano: Ages 4 through adults, all skill levels.
Harp: Ages 5 through adults, all skill levels. Students age 5-7 require one year of piano study before beginning harp lessons.
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