Julie Ann Smith, harp
Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, is one of the most prominent young American harpists today, performing as both an orchestral musician and concert artist. Gaining international recognition for her performing style and diverse repertoire, Ms. Phillips was the Silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001. She made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the country.
A recitalist and soloist with orchestra, Ms. Phillips’ appearances include performances with the SDSO, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. She has been a featured recitalist for the 2006 American Harp Society National Conference and the 2007 USA International Harp Competition, and was Guest Artist for the 2010 Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, Georgia.
Equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician, Ms. Phillips collaborates with renowned musicians across the country. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, she regularly appears in chamber concerts and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. During the 2006-07 season she was the Acting Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and prior to that held the position of Principal Harp for the New World Symphony Orchestra.
As a teacher, Ms. Phillips maintains a private studio and works with students of all ages. She is a certified instructor in the Suzuki method and also commutes to Tempe, AZ where she is the Harp Professor at Arizona State University.
Ms. Phillips has a solo album, The Rhapsodic Harp, which is available from her website, www.jspharp.com, as well as a recording with The Myriad Trio entitled The Eye of Night (www.themyriadtrio.com).
Attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Phillips received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in harp performance where she studied with Yolanda Kondonassis. Her other primary teachers have included Alice Chalifoux and Patrice Lockhart. Julie Smith Phillips is a native of Hastings, NE and began studying the harp at age 11.