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Anne Sullivan
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Anne Sullivan, harpist

Anne Sullivan began her career as a concert harpist at age twelve when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  A native of the Philadelphia area and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and symphonic soloist.  Her orchestral appearances have included engagements with the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Symphony where she was principal harpist, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. As a chamber musician, she performs regularly with SPARX duo with flutist Joan Sparks; Duo Parisienne with violinist Nancy Bean, former assistant concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra;  and the Easterly Chamber Players with Diane Gold Toulson, flute and Smith Toulson, clarinet. In addition to her chamber music recordings, she has released two solo CDs, Romantische (2007)and Break Forth (2011).

Currently the harp instructor at the University of Delaware and at Swarthmore (PA) College, Ms.  Sullivan was a member of the music theory faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982-2002.  She is the author and arranger of numerous works for harp and has published a series of ear training books specifically for the harp student.  She presents workshops to harpists across the country and is the founder and director of Harp in the Mountains Summer Festival . Her online resource for harpists, the website, has podcasts, articles, downloadable courses and sheet music designed for performers and harp students of all ages. 

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