M.M. Winthrop University, Harp Performance/Pedgagogy
Christine Van Arsdale was classically trained as a harpist at Queens College and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was awarded a full graduate scholarship. Her musicianship has been strongly influenced by studies with Alice Chalifoux and Susann McDonald as well as masterclasses with the Spanish harpist, Nicanor Zabaleta. She has also gone on to become a folk harp enthusiast and relentlessly embraces new and fascinating aspects of the harp world, such as in her travels to Spain to study the ancient, cross-strung Spanish harp, or her recent training in philosophical performance practices with jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant.
Her orchestral career has included many years as Principal Harp for various orchestras in the two Carolinas and Tennessee as well as a tenure as Solo Harpist of the Orquesta del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain. Presently, Christine is a member of both the Charlotte and Spartanburg Symphonies and works as a musician-educator for the Arts Teach partnership with the school system. She teaches harp at Davidson College and Central Piedmont Community College and maintains a private studio for teaching children and adults of all ages.