Elizabeth Etters Asmus resides in Harrisburg, where she keeps a busy schedule as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is also an adjunct professor of harp at Gettysburg, Elizabethtown, Dickinson and Messiah Colleges.
Elizabeth has been a presenter at the national level on the French technique, and in May of 2008 was one of the presenters at “The Lever Harp Teacher’s Symposium.” She continues to arrange repertoire for solo harp as well as flute and harp, and will be publishing several of her arrangements.
Elizabeth received her formal musical training as a student of Susann McDonald at the Juilliard School, where she was awarded the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She has also studied with Marcel Grandjany and Nancy Allen. After graduation, Elizabeth lived and worked in New York City, and was very busy performing as a solo, chamber and orchestral harpist, as well as playing for three years in the off-Broadway musical “The Fantasticks.”
Elizabeth was principal harpist with the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Virginia Opera Association, in addition to touring and recording throughout Europe and the United States for several years with the New York Harp Ensemble, a professional harp quartet. She has played in some of the world's greatest concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the Academy of Music.
Elizabeth has recently completed the Music for Healing and Transition program and is now a Certified Music Practitioner, working as a therapeutic musician in hospice settings. Her interest in educational outreach has resulted in her representing the Harrisburg Symphony and the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players on various programs for children. A former member of the Board of Directors, Elizabeth now serves in an advisory position as well as a teacher at the State Street Academy of Music, one of whose major focus is arts and music education for inner city children of Harrisburg.
Elizabeth Etters Asmus
M.M., The Julliard School
B.M., The Julliard School