YAHS alumni Ellie Kirk serves as the Principal Harpist with both the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Season highlights from the past year include guest principal appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and a Midwest tour with the Chicago Harp Quartet. Ellie is a founding member of 5th Wave Collective, a Chicago based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by women, where she performs and works as development director. She is a passionate educator, teaching in her private studio, and as Harp faculty at The People’s Music School in Chicago. Kirk holds degrees from Chicago College of Performing Arts, and Columbia University; her major teachers are Sarah Bullen, Lynn Williams, and June Han.
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