University Harp Ensemble
Goal: mastering ensemble playing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and sharing the music through concerts.
Information: Harp Ensemble (MUSE 190.3) is a single credit class required for all students taking private harp lessons at UNR. There is no audition requirement for this ensemble. Students are assigned to groups according to their ability level, as determined by the instructor. Harp ensembles meet once a week in groups of 3-5 students and progress through the assigned repertoire. Pieces are often especially arranged by the instructor to accommodate special song requests or to fit the abilities of the students in the group. Collaborations with other musical and art disciplines is encouraged.
Performances: UNR harp ensembles perform regularly in Concert Class and final semester concerts that are open to the public. The final semester concert is typically held on the first Saturday of finals week. An annual "Harp Plus" concert, produced by harp faculty Marina Roznitovsky Oster, features a few pieces involving combined harp ensembles.
Meet the Director: Marina Roznitovsky Oster
Marina Roznitovsky Oster currently teaches harp at the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. She is the Principal Harpist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Susanville Symphony and the Nevada Opera. She actively performs as a soloist and a number of her performances have been broadcast on National Israeli and US television and radio. In 2009 Marina represented Israel in the renowned International Harp Competition in Jerusalem and was featured on the Israeli News Channels.
Marina earned her BM, MM and PD in harp performance and pedagogy at Indiana University, under the tutelage of Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. As a graduate student one of her most significant accomplishments was winning the first prize in the music category of the 2006 National Society of Arts and Letters competition in Bloomington, IN. She also performed on a worldwide tour with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, under the baton of Mr. Daniel Barenboim.
Study Harp at UNR
- B.A., B.M., M.A.,M.M., Minor in Harp performance is also available.
- Direct your questions concerning the Harp Program at UNR to Marina Roznitovsky Oster.
Students (majors and non-majors) are not required to have their own instruments, unless they wish to perform outside of the music school. UNR music department owns 4 harps, which are available for student practice 24 hrs/day in Church Fine Arts Building.
Auditions & Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available for new students who successfully pass the auditions. Please contact Marina Roznitovsky Oster to set up a harp audition. Audition by DVD is possible for students who are not able to audition in person.Current financial aid audition requirements, as well as deadlines for auditions for all music majors and minors, can be found on the Audition Information page.
Harp Audition Repertoire:
- Prepare 2 contrasting works from the standard harp solo repertoire. One of the pieces can be a concerto movement.
- Prepare 2 standard orchestral harp excerpts of your choosing (1 excerpt is required for harp minors).
- A short sight reading excerpt will be a part of the audition.
- Provide the audition committee with 2 clean copies of the above chosen works.
- Alert the Department if you wish to use one of the Department's harps.
The harp program at UNR includes participation in:
- Annual Concerto Competition
- Master Classes (regular master classes, plus at least one visiting artist per year)
- Chamber music (required for harp majors)
- Harp ensembles (required)
- Orchestras (required for harp majors)
- Wind Ensembles
- Band Ensembles
- Opera and Choral Ensembles
- Jazz Ensembles
Many other opportunities are available off campus.
Do You Know Reno?
The University of Nevada Reno is located at the edge of the beautiful Sierra Nevada with the Great Basin Desert stretching eastward. The outdoors provide endless options for winter and summer activities. Reno is situated on the Truckee River and within driving distance of a large number of unique nature destinations, including Lake Tahoe, The Great Basin Desert Lassen National Volcanic Park, Yosemite National Park, Black Rock Desert, and the Redwood Forests of California.
- Tahoe Rim Trail
- Great Basin National Park
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
The Reno community has a surprisingly large number of professional musical organizations, including the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera, and more. Reno also hosts many exciting annual events, such as The Great Reno Balloon Race, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, the Reno Rodeo, Artown and so much more.
- Reno Philharmonic Orchestra
- Reno Chamber Orchestra
- Reno Jazz Orchestra
- Great Reno Balloon Race
- Reno Is Artown
- Nevada Museum of Art
If you like affordable living, more than 300 days of blue sky a year, being close to incredible nature, not much traffic and a great learning environment, UNR is the place for you.
Resources for Harpers & Harpists
- Harp ColumnAmerican Harp Journal
- American Harp Society
- World Harp Congress (WHC)
- Anderson Harp Insurance Group
- American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
- Directory of Harp Teachers
- Historical Harp Society
- International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen (ISFHC)
- Music Teachers International Association (MTNA)
- National Association for Music Education (MENC)
- National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)
- University Music Clubs and Organizations