Teaching is one of my passions. I am constantly improving my skills and have studied with Susan Allen, Jeanne Chalifoux, Alice Chalifoux, Gloria Agostini, Amiya Dasgupta and Jody Guinn. In 2013 I started my Suzuki training with Mary Kay Waddington and have successfully completed book 1. Next year I plan to continue and take book 2.
I have started harp programs the Irish Arts Center and the Abron Arts Center in New York City and currently have a harp circle at Theatre 80 St. Marks.
This is a group class that takes place at the Irish Arts Center located on West 51st between 10th and 11th Ave. This is a great first step if you are not sure about becoming a harpist. The course is eight weeks and meets on Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm. It is a mixed level course and includes many skill levels from those brushing up to students who have never had any music lessons. We cover basic hand positioning, rhythm, chord positions and how to accompany melodies. Harps are available to rent.
Watch my students play after the eight week course:
I teach a modified Salzado method infused with a healthy measure of Renie. I believe that playing harp should not be unnatural and work with each student to ensure a relaxed technique. I started out as a classical player and placed in several competitions, played in orchestras and premiered new music works.
Small Irish or Celtic harps are magical and require a more creative outlook than a concert grand. I specialize in teaching how to play and interpret Irish and Celtic folk music while creating your own harmonic language. I encourage students to go to some of the wonderful Irish sessions in NYC!
The NYC Harp Orchestra directed by Mia Theodoratus was created to have a good time. The membership is rotating and it a musical democracy with musicians choosing their parts and the tunes. We meet Mondays at 7 at Theatre 80 St Marks between 1st and 2nd ave at 80 St. Marks in NYC. Most of the members are Mia’s students, but anyone is welcome. We are a nonTraditional Celtic group that plays from memory.
Our music ranges from Irish, Welsh and popular folk songs. Please contact me if you would like to join and play with us!
Past workshops- Guided Improvisation using Butch Morris’ Conduction, Irish harp workshops with Ann Heymann, Cormac DeBarra and Patrick Ball, and with disabled students in the NYC school system.
Telephone: (917) 696-2314 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org