Raising the awareness of the beauty of the harp through education, performance and new music

Teaching Artists

Maryanne Meyer, Girard Academic Music Program and Masterman 

Maryanne Meyer maintains an active performance calendar as orchestral harpist, chamber musician, and solo recitalist throughout five Mid-Atlantic states and in her hometown of Vincennes, Indiana. Maryanne performs regularly as a substitute harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and serves as Principal Harpist with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York. An increasingly sought-after guest soloist, she has recently performed concertos with the Annapolis Chamber Players and the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra. Maryanne has developed a flourishing private teaching studio and is the resident Teaching Artist at the Girard Academic Music Program and Masterman college preparatory middle and high schools in Philadelphia through the Lyra Society. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer Diploma in harp performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Distinguished Professor of Music Susann McDonald. She completed her Master of Music studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance with Elizabeth Hainen, Principal Harpist of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Elizabeth Steiner

Elizabeth Steiner

Elizabeth Steiner, Central High School, Kearny School, and Philadelphia High School for Girls

Elizabeth Steiner enjoys a busy schedule as a freelance harpist in the Philadelphia area. She has most recently performed as principal harp with the Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Maryland Symphony, and second harp with the Sarasota Orchestra, among others. Elizabeth graduated in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Harp Performance from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. For her studies at Temple, Elizabeth was awarded the scholarship position of Academic Intern to study under Elizabeth Hainen, the Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 2010 from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Yolanda Kondonassis. Elizabeth has spent her summers performing at the Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy and the Saratoga Harp Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Since 2013, Elizabeth has been the harpist for the luxury hotel The Rittenhouse in Center City Philadelphia. She performs every weekend for tea and for other private functions. As a teacher, she has been the harp faculty for the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia since 2014 and maintains a private studio at her home in Philadelphia. She is also the Director of Education for The Lyra Society, a non-profit organization founded by Elizabeth Hainen in 2004 to commission new works for the harp and provide high quality instruments and instruction for Philadelphia public school students. As a Lyra Teaching Artist she teaches a weekly group harp class at Philadelphia High School for Girls, and private lessons at Central High School and the Kearny School.