Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive Instructors

Susan Knapp Thomas Founder, Director

& Master Instructor


Susan Knapp Thomas, harpist, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, and is a well-known Chamber, Orchestral and Solo Concert Artist and Instructor throughout Connecticut and Southern New England.


She has been a recital soloist and chamber performer at such reputable programs as Connecticut’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Trinity College Summer Concert Series, and Hartford’s New World Chamber Ensemble series. She has co-founded and arranged music for her flute and harp duos, and flute, harp and cello trios.


As an orchestral harpist, Susan served as Acting Principal for Hartford Symphony from 2010 - 2014 and was their featured concerto soloist in June of 2008, performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with principal flutist, Grieg Shearer. She is Principal Harpist for the Waterbury Symphony, and Acting Princiapl Harp for Brevard Symphony in Melbourne, Florida. She regularly performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Vero Beach Opera, and regularly appeared as guest harpist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band from 1987-2002. Ms. Thomas regularly plays touring shows for the Bushnell and the Shubert Theaters in Hartford and New Haven, CT, and frequently for Frank Sinatra Jr. and other well known celebrities.


Ms. Thomas, Instructor of Harp at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, is a master harp instructor. She runs vigorous harp studios in Connecticut and Florida.  She has coached varied configurations of student ensembles at both the Hartford Conservatory and Hartt, and has developed, marketed and run her own student summer course and harp ensemble programs since 2002. An experienced administrator, Ms. Thomas was the Summer Program Coordinator at the Hartford Conservatory from 1999-2002. Her students were first and second and third prize winners in the American Harp Society Connecticut Chapter Harp Competition in the spring of 2005, and 1st and 2nd prize competition winners in 2002.


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Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive

Simsmore Square,

540 Hopmeadow Street

Simsbury, Connecticut 06070

Phone: 860-690-5328