Ellen Heinicke Foster

Harpist Ellen Heinicke Foster, a native of Wenatchee, has performed with many symphonies, chamber groups, opera and ballet orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe. She earned a Bachelor of Music, Cum Laude, in Harp Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and an Artist’s Diploma from Yale University.

She plays second harp with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and plays acting principal when needed. While living in Atlanta, Ellen has performed with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, the Macon Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Georgia Boy Choir and the Atlanta Boy Choir with which she has made a number of recordings.

Ellen is a dedicated teacher of the harp. She was on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp for several summers, taught harp for the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble for many years and was instructor of the harp program at Carver High School. She served two terms as president of the Georgia chapter of the American Harp Society. Ellen maintains a private harp studio, teaching children and adults. She directs two harp ensembles. The North Atlanta Harp Ensemble is a group made up entirely of adult students from the Atlanta area. The Student Harp Ensemble is comprised of middle and high school students who currently study with Mrs. Foster.

Ellen also performs with her husband, tenor, Mel Foster. Together, they are Feiner Musicke, a duo that performs music for voice and harp. She transcribes all accompaniments not originally written for harp. They have recorded a CD entitled, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal and also have published a set of Three Songs by Claude Debussy.

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