Daniel and Laura Keller Chair
Cleveland-based harpist Emily Laurance is currently Principal Harp with the Firelands Symphony, and also performs frequently with the Erie Philharmonic and many other Northeast Ohio ensembles. Prior to relocating to Ohio, she served eight seasons as Principal Harp with the Stockton (CA) Symphony and was Chair of Music History at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her recording credits include Luciano Berio’s Sequenza II on Neuma Records as well as the Squirrel Nut Zippers album Perennial Favorites, which won the Recording Institute Association of America’s Gold Sales award. In addition to degrees in harp from the Oberlin and the New England Conservatories Dr. Laurance received her PhD in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after which she was a postdoctoral fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She has taught harp and music history at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University and is currently Visiting Associate Professor of Musicology at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition to her own research, Dr. Laurance serves as Associate Editor for the American Harp Journal and is the former Contributing Editor for A-R Editions online Music Anthology.