About

Praised for their "unfailing virtuosity, musicianship, and appealing stage presence", the Dallas Harp Quartet is quickly emerging as one of the most engaging new ensembles of the South.

Comprised of four of the country's premiere harpists, Emily Levin, Grace Browning, Cheryl Losey Feder, and Karen Abrahamson Thomas, the members of the quartet are individually sought after as soloists, ensemble musicians, pedagogues, and teaching artists. In the fall of 2016, the four harpists were hand-picked for the opening concert of the Bancroft Family Concert Series at the Dallas Museum of Art.  After receiving enthusiastic reviews from their audience and critics, and discovering a exceptional chamber music chemistry, it didn't take long for the quartet to realize this was just the beginning of a new passion. In response to the refugee humanitarian crisis, the quartet launched a series of benefit concerts in the spring of 2017 entitled "United We Play", featuring leading musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera, which raised major capital and awareness for the International Rescue Committee (rescue.org) and Refugee Services of Texas (rstx.org).  As an ensemble, the DHQ aims to showcase the versatility of the Harp Quartet, to share and expand its wide array of repertoire, and to bring the highest level of performance to their community and beyond.  Their upcoming 2017-2018 season includes a featured performance in the Lyon & Healy Harptacular series, outreach performances for The Dallas Opera, and a whirlwind tour of Washington D.C. in April 2018.  


Emily Levin

 

Emily Levin is the new Principal Harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. The youngest principal harpist of a major American orchestra, Emily has performed at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the World Harp Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Jerusalem and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Colorado Chamber Players, and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra, among others. A winner of the 2016 Astral Auditions, she has performed recitals throughout the United States including concerts for the American Harp Society, the Virginia Harp Center, and the USAIHC Concert Series.  She was a top prizewinner in the International Harp Contest in Israel, harp fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, and regularly performs with the New York Philharmonic.  Emily is on Faculty at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.

Emily received her Master of Music degree in 2015 at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nancy Allen, where she was a teaching fellow for both the Ear Training and Educational Outreach departments.  Emily was accepted into Julliard’s prestigious C.V. Starr doctorate program in fall 2015.  A self-described bookworm, she completed undergraduate degrees in Music and History at Indiana University with Susann McDonald.  Her honors history thesis discussed the impact of war songs on the French Revolution.  


Grace Browning

Praised for her “superb technical acumen and sensitive musicality” (South Florida Classical Review), Grace Browning has established herself as a prominent orchestral harpist, avid soloist, engaging chamber musician, and passionate harp instructor.  After spending three years with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Grace won the Principal Harp audition with the Dallas Opera Orchestra in 2014, bringing her to the great city of Dallas.  One year later, Grace became a full-time opera harpist after being appointed Principal Harpist of the Santa Fe Opera where she now performs in the summers.  In addition to performing with the Dallas and Santa Fe Opera, Grace's 2017-2018 season includes upcoming performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Houston Symphony as guest principal harp for their 2018 European tour.  She has also had the privilege of performing in several summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Pacific Music Festival in Japan.  In addition to performing, Grace teaches a growing studio of 12 wonderful students at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas.  Grace studied at The Juilliard School (M.M. 2011) with renowned harp pedagogue Nancy Allen after receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan School of Music in 2009.  In her spare time, Grace enjoys practicing hot yoga, spoiling her pup, and eating tapas. 


Cheryl Losey Feder

Cheryl Losey Feder has earned distinction as one of America’s leading young harpists, receiving national and international awards, and performing in diverse settings around the world. Top prizes she has received include the Alice Rosner Prize at the Munich International Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music contests; First Prize and Grandjany Prize in the American Harp Society’s National Solo Competition; and First Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition. Ms. Feder was also awarded John Ringling Towers Performing Artist Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County in support of her debut solo album, A Story. While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she was honored to receive the Presser Scholarship, the Institute’s highest award for undergraduates; the Jim Hall Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement; and three times receive the Alice Chalifoux Harp Prize. In May 2008, she was appointed Principal Harp of the Sarasota Orchestra, a position she held until 2016 when she resigned to join her husband Dallas Symphony cellist Abraham Feder in Texas.
      
Ms. Feder’s love of sharing music has led to performances in eighteen countries and six continents, in venues from the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, to the townships of Soweto, South Africa and orphanages of Kingston, Jamaica. Festival performances include the Pacific Music Festival in Japan; with TanglewoodSpoleto, and Aspen Music Festivals; with the Sun Valley Symphony and with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas throughout South America. As an orchestral harpist, she has performed with ensembles such as the Cleveland OrchestraPhiladelphia OrchestraSt. Louis SymphonyDallas SymphonySan Diego SymphonyHouston Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Ms. Feder received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Yolanda Kondonassis. She is a native of Harpswell, Maine where she began the study of harp with Jara Goodrich at age five. 


Karen Abrahamson Thomas

has served as Adjunct Lecturer in Harp at Baylor University and Principal Harpist of the Waco Symphony since 2013. Recent concert appearances include soloing with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Ginastera’s Concerto for Harp, and collaborating with the Left Bank Quartet at the Library of Congress. As Guest Principal Harp, Ms. Thomas has performed with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony, and the Wheeling Philharmonic. 

Ms. Thomas enjoys working in a wide variety of ensembles and genres. She was a featured performer on a nationally televised Christmas Special on NBC alongside Peter Cetera of the band 'Chicago.' She can be heard on documentary Horse and Rider, an exposé of human trafficking in India by director Ben Stamper. She recently completed recording sessions for a solo album by Norwegian alternative rock artist Emil Nikolaisen, lead singer of the band Serena-Maneesh, and has frequently recorded for The Sounds Familyre recording label. Ms. Thomas holds a Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University. Her teachers include Yolanda Kondonassis, Alice Chalifoux, Jeanne Chalifoux. Currently Ms. Thomas is completing her Doctoral Studies at the University of Maryland under Sarah Fuller