It’s Alumni Friday! Today we’re catching up with…

Christine Pfiester was inspired at YAHS by TA Marissa Knaub, and now specializes in jazz harp.

Christine Pfiester was inspired at YAHS by TA Marissa Knaub, and now specializes in jazz harp.

Christine Pfiester, YAHS 2007

What year did you attend YAHS and how old were you?

I attended YAHS in 2007 when I was 15 years old.

Did you attend college? If so, what major, and what is your current occupation?

I did not attend college because of health problems I had during high school that still affect my life today. Instead I decided to make my own “schooling” because it was much cheaper. I have traveled to California and Switzerland to study with several harpists, and have loved every minute of it!

Are you married/any kids or big life events?

I am not married, but have recently bought my own house and came out with a Christmas CD on harp!

What is your most memorable moment from YAHS? (good or bad!)

My most memorable moment at YAHS was my involvement in Marissa Knaub’s jazz class. I had been studying with a jazz harpist back home, but didn’t decide that was the path I wanted to pursue until after the camp.

Did you learn anything at YAHS that you still carry with you in your present life?

At YAHS I learned that we all have our own niche in life. Some of us are meant to be classical orchestral harpists while others are meant to play the pop classics, but we are all just as equally important.

Anything else you want to share with past and future YAHS students?

My advice to YAHS students is to find what you love to play and reach for the stars! People can tell you that you won’t ever make it playing harp, but that only becomes true if you give up. If you work hard and persist through all of life’s challenges nothing is impossible!