Title: Adjunct Faculty in Music
Ann Benjamin plays second harp with the Minnesota Orchestra and is currently a faculty member at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Harp at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and principal harpist with the Shreveport Symphony and Opera Orchestra.
She has spent several summers teaching and performing at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. An LSU Summer Research Grant and an LSU Council on Research Grant were awarded to Ms. Benjamin for commissioning and performing new works for the harp at the Third (Vienna), Fifth (Copenhagen) and Sixth (Seattle) World Harp Congresses, and for the production of her CD, Sky Loom: Music for Flute and Harp, with flutist Dr. Katherine Kemler.
Ms. Benjamin chaired the 33rd American Harp Society National Conference which was held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is currently fascinated with rediscovering the ancient history of the harp after a recent trip to Greece. Ms. Benjamin holds degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Her teachers include Susann McDonald, Nancy Allen, Alice Chalifoux and Joan Mainzer.