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

Teaching Artists

Maryanne Meyer, Girard Academic Music Program

Maryanne Meyer, harpist, is an active orchestral and chamber musician as well as a solo recitalist both in the Philadelphia area and in her home state of Indiana. Maryanne serves as Principal Harpist with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York, appears frequently with the Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and the Binghamton Philharmonic, and is a founding member of the Philadelphia Harp Trio. An in-demand musical theater collaborator, she has performed as pit harpist in recent Barrymore Award-winning productions of The Light in the Piazza and Sunday in the Park with George. She maintains a vibrant private teaching studio in Haddonfield, New Jersey, teaches at Rowan University, Settlement Music School and the Girard Art and Music Program middle and high school in Philadelphia, and has been a faculty member at the Young Artists Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Maryanne 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 recently completed her Master of Music studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen.

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.