"It is my philosophy to teach the joy of playing the harp to anyone. Each person is a unique individual and I want to be their guide to the harp universe. I am grateful to be teaching in the supportive Edmonds Arts community."    - Alison  

Meet Alison

Meet Alison

Owner and teacher

Alison has over 45 years of professional experience and has taught more than 150 students!


As a teacher, Alison loves to share her passion and talent for the harp with students of all ages. Many of her students have won local and regional competitions and gone on to have successful harp careers. However, Alison doesn't limit sharing her passion for the harp with only those who want a professional career. She feels that everyone should be able to learn the harp. She teaches students who become lawyers, astrophysicists, graphic designers, moms and dads.


As the owner of Austin Harp Arts, Alison has opened a store to allow everyone access to harp care, harp purchases, harp consignment and more.


No matter what your reasons for visiting, Alison makes sure that every guest feels welcome and has what they need to create beautiful music.

Experience

Philosophy


  • Artist Diploma  Curtis Institute of Music
  • American Harp Society (AHS) performer and presenter in four national conferences.
  • AHS Young Artist
  • AHS National Conference Opening Recital 
  • World Congress Presenter 
  • Director and Founder of the Pacific Harp Institute
  • Founder of Austin Harp Arts
  • 46 years performing: Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, PNW Ballet, many local and regional orchestras, operas, musicals, theater and choral groups
  • 45 years of teaching experience: graduates include Ruth Mar, Ashley Wong, Elizabeth Steiner, Charleen Chin, Natalie Skerlong