Faculty & Staff Profiles

Joan Holland

Associate Professor of Harp

Joan Raeburn Holland is associate professor of Harp for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) and the resident instructor of Harp for the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Holland performs as principal harp for the Midland Symphony, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and the Lexington Bach Festival, and is co-principal for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment at Interlochen, she was principal harp for the Phoenix Symphony and the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra. Substitute Harp positions included the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. She is currently on the board of directors for the American Harp Society.

An avid chamber musician, Holland has participated in various chamber music series and venues such as those of the World Harp Congress; the International Viola Congress; SMTD; the Interlochen Center for the Arts; Chamber Music North; Central Michigan University; the Manitou Music Festival; the Thunder Bay Arts Council; the Dancing Bear; and the Lexington Bach Festival. In June 2010, Holland traveled to Qingdao, China to perform a chamber music recital with U.S. colleagues. Solo performances, in addition to solo recitals, include recital programs for the regional and national conventions of the American Harp Society. She has collaborated as concerto soloist with the Midland Symphony, the Traverse Symphony, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Lexington Bach Festival, the Sault Symphony, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. Holland has acted as a master class clinician for the American Harp Society, the American String Teachers Association, and various Midwest universities and conservatories.

Holland studied with Cleveland Orchestra harpist Alice Chalifoux from the age of twelve through her bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She began her harp studies with Rochester Philharmonic harpist Eileen Malone at the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department. Holland’s family includes husband David, a professional violist and conductor, daughter Jennifer and her husband Benjamin, and son John. All are active in the arts.

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