Rachel Van Voorhees

Instructor of Harp

Rachel Van Voorhees, the Principal Harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic, enjoys a unique career as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. An artist of great versatility, she is as comfortable performing with orchestra as she is playing Celtic music or taking a solo with the jazz group, Diversity, which she co-founded with Charles Neville. She studied at the Juilliard School; Purchase College; the Conservatoire in Fontainebleau, France; and has a Masters degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the Harriet Gibbs Fox Award for highest scholastic average. Ms. Van Voorhees studied the harp with Marcel Grandjany and theory with Nadia Boulanger.

Recently Ms. Van Voorhees has given solo recitals for the International Harp Recital Series in Salt Lake City and for the American Harp Society Chicago Chapter at Lyon and Healy Recital Hall. She has performed orchestral concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. She has also performed the Martin Symphonie Concertante for Harp, Harpsichord, Piano and Orchestra with the St. Louis Symphony as well as several recitals with violinist Gregory Fulkerson.

Ms. Van Voorhees has been on the faculties of Tulane and Dillard Universities and is currently on the faculty of Loyola University. Additionally, she is the Solo Harpist at the Windsor Court Hotel, and during the summer months, harpist of the Grand Teton Music Festival and Coordinator of the Blue Lake Harp Program.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships at Tanglewood; Chautauqua; Spoleto, Italy; the Walter Damrosch Fellowship; the Louisiana Artist Fellowship; the Contemporary Arts Center's Sweet Arts Award; and ten grants from the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program. In the last few years she has performed over 80 concerts for the Orleans Parish School Board Elementary Cultural Resources Assembly Series, as well as hundreds of concerts for Orleans Parish school children. She and Lou Anne Neill, the Principal Harpist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, co-founded the Harp in Our Public Schools Program in Los Angeles in partnership with the Young Musicians Foundation. Sixty third and fourth graders now study the harp.

She has recorded ten CDs, which are available both on Amazon.com and her website, www.RachelVanVoorhees.com. Her recordings are frequently played on NPR affiliates around the country. As a soloist, she has appeared on NPR Television and National Public Radio and is a frequent guest on the WWL Morning News.

Office Location:
165 Communications/Music Complex
Mailing Address: 

Loyola University New Orleans
School of Music
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 8
New Orleans, LA 70118

Direct Phone: 
(504) 865-3037
Fax Number: 
(504) 865-2852
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