Katherine Ventura

Katherine Ventura

Teaching Artist, Lyra Society

YAHS Competition Coordinator


An experienced orchestral musician, harpist Katherine Ventura has performed as guest principal harp with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), and the Rochester and Fort Wayne Philharmonics. She has also performed with the Boston Pops, Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Baltimore and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras.

Katherine has been Principal Harp of the Verbier Festival and Verbier Chamber Orchestras (Switzerland) for three summers, and has also performed at the Spoleto Music Festival (SC), the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Aspen Music Festival (CO), and the National Repertory Orchestra (CO).  She has performed as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon and Roosevelt University Orchestras as concerto competition winner, and the Lake Forest Symphony.

Katherine is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia and holds degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (Master of Music) and Carnegie Mellon University (Bachelor of Fine Arts). Former faculty at The People’s Music School of Chicago and at the Music Institute of Chicago, Katherine is currently a Teaching Artist for the Lyra Society in Philadelphia. Most recently, Katherine was a finalist at the 10th International Harp Contest in Italy. Read more about her at venturaharp.com.

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