Susan Knapp Thomas, Harpist

Harp from Hartford, CT - Will travel up to 60 miles
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A well-known and widely respected harpist known for her attentive playing, quick adaptability and musicianship, Susan Knapp Thomas has enjoyed an active performance career with orchestras in both the north and the south. Susan served as Acting Principal Harp for the Hartford Symphony from 2010-2014, and has a lengthy relationship with the Hartford Symphony, performing as their featured concerto soloist alongside Principal Flutist Greig Shearer for Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto. She plays regularly for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is Principal Harpist for the Waterbury Symphony, and performed as harpist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band from 1987-2002. In Florida, she has performed with the Southwest Florida and Palm Beach Symphonies and has served as Acting Principal Harp for Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne, Florida.

Equally at home in orchestra pits for shows and opera, Ms. Thomas has played regularly for shows at the Goodspeed Opera House, in addition to touring shows for the Bushnell and the Shubert Theaters in Hartford and New Haven, CT. She has also been a regular at the Florida Grand Opera, and the Vero Beach Opera in Florida.

As a chamber music artist and concerto soloist, Ms.Thomas has been featured in concert at The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Trinity College Summer Concert Series, the Elektra Chamber Ensemble's Music Series in Farmington, Connecticut, performing Handel's Concerto in Bb, and the Saint Saens Fantaisie for Harp and Violin, with violinist Bruna Myftaraj. She has been featured with well-known flutist Brad Garner at the National Flute Convention, and is part of her own flute and harp duo, the Apolline duo, with flutist Jennifer Berman.

Ms. Thomas has done regular work for the Frank Sinatra Jr. show. Her backup work includes shows for such notables as Judy Collins, the group "Yes", the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Peter Cetera, Johnny Mathis and others. Her recently released CD, Everlasting Sunday, was a finalist considered by the Greater Hartford Arts Council for one of their donor level gifts. She is also recorded on the Opus label.

Ms Thomas is currently Instructor of Harp and Chamber Music Coach for the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut (Guitar & Harp Department). Ms. Thomas teaches a large, active studio of harp students in both Connecticut and Florida, and is the Director and Founder of the Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive Summer Camp in Simsbury, Connecticut, now in its 7th year. She has served as an Effective Competition Preparation Coach for such national competitions as the Anne Adams Awards, and the Lyon and Healy Awards, and judged the AHS MetroHarp Competition in New York City. Her students have been multiple prize-winners in both local and national competitions. She is President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and a student of Eileen Malone, Phyllis Wright, Aristid von Wurtzler and Barbara Pniewska.
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Susan was absolutely fantastic. She was very professional during the contract process and that could only be topped by her talent on the harp. She played songs from every decade and musical genre for my moms 80th birthday party. I received many compliments from the guests and my mom couldn't have been happier with the entertainment for the event. You can't go wrong with booking Susan and I would most certainly feel confident with recommending her for any event.

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Susan Knapp Thomas, Harpist’s Response:

Chris, it was a true pleasure to play for you and your family. So many guests came up not just with compliments about the music, but with heartfelt thanks, and to share stories. There was a true warmth to your mother's celebration, and I feel privileged to have been a part of it! Many thanks for your kindness.

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Didn’t get to thank her in person but music was beautiful

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Susan Knapp Thomas, Harpist’s Response:

It was a lovely wedding, Nancy! Sorry we didn't get to greet.

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I commissioned Ms. Knapp Thomas to play harp at my friend's wedding that I could not attend. She was professional, communicative and accommodating every step of the way in the process- from preparing custom instrumental songs and making arrangements for accompanying live vocalists. Through her talent, I felt that I was able to be there in spirit through her beautiful harp music. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is interested in incorporating live music at any special event. Thanks Susan and GigMasters!

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Old Saybrook, CT
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Waterbury, CT
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Trumpet Voluntary
Purcell/Clarke
Ode to Joy
Beethoven
Wedding March from Midsummer Night's Dream
Mendelssohn
"Spring" from the Four Seasons
Vivaldi
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
from "Wizard of Oz"
A Thousand Years
Christina Perry
Canon in D
Pachelbel
Bridal March "Here Comes the Bride"
Wagner
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Please note Susan Knapp Thomas, Harpist will also travel to East Haddam, Chester, East Windsor Hill, Farmington, Haddam, Moodus, Windsor, Deep River, East Glastonbury, Manchester, New Britain, Essex, Poquonock, Unionville, Centerbrook, Ivoryton, Salem, Colchester, Higganum, Melrose, Cobalt, East Hampton, Middle Haddam, Old Lyme, Pine Meadow, Killingworth, Milldale, Pequabuck, Somersville, East Lyme.
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