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17 year old Harpist Hannah Young

Hannah Young is principal harpist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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Hannah Young is a high school senior pursuing a harp performance degree. She is the principal harpist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra since and 2010 and has performed with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Conservatory Choir and Harp Ensemble, St. Xavier University Orchestra, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the West Suburban Youth Orchestra.

She has studied at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute with Ann Hobson-Pilot, retired principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The preceding summers Hannah studied at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival with Marian Shaffer, principal harpist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and she attended the Ann Yeung Summer Harp Institute at the University of Illinois. Hannah was selected to perform with both the All-State Honors Band and All-State Orchestra.  She was a member IMEA District Orchestra for four years. Hannah has also performed in master classes with Isabelle Perrin, harpist of the Orchestre National de France, and Faye Seeman, harp professor at Wheaton Conservatory.

Hannah is also principal harpist of the District 99 Symphonic Orchestra and has performed Handel Concerto in B-flat major with that ensemble. She is also a member of her school’s Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab Band, and A Cappella Choir.

  • How beautiful!
    love from your former neighbor who still has the harps:-)

  • Jean Livingston

    Hannah, your program on Introductions was beautiful! Congratulations on such a thoughtful, balanced music selection and professional performance.

  • Xiao Piao

    My 12 daughter heard you play and is been inspired to learn the harp. We live in LaGrange, you know of any teachers near us?

  • Louise

    Congratulations Hannah! The music you choose is beautiful–and most beautifully played as well! Your talent shines through the notes! I can listen to this all day at work! Blessings on your future in music. Love- your Aunt

  • Apologies for the delay. All comments have now been posted! Thank you!

  • Catherine Klein

    Congratulations, Hannah, on an excellent program on Introductions! We enjoyed the wonderful music and hearing about your successful career. It was interesting to learn a little about how a harp is made and what is involved in making beautiful harp music. Thanks to Introductions for featuring such a talented musician! Best wishes for future success. We look forward to hearing Hannah on the radio and on stage. Catherine and Elizabeth

  • Kathleen

    Thank you for an informative, enjoyable program. The variety in your program was an awesome introduction to the possibilities of the harp.
    Proud to be your cousin!!

  • David Brackley

    I had to leave a comment here and tell you how much I LOVED your program this morning. Harp and classical guitar are among my most favorite instruments to listen to. Your program was varied, exquisitely performed, inherently musical and overall just plain wonderful! You also speak very well, showing a great balance of personal charm and professionalism. I have no doubt that you’ll go far, and I want to encourage you in your musical endeavors!

    I started piano at age 5, and have been an undergraduate professor of music as well as a church musician since college. You are so fortunate to have such a great beginning, great teachers and mentors, and obviously a supportive family. Thank goodness for WFMT and INTRODUCTIONS which allows so many more of us to benefit from your gifts!

    My best to you for a fulfilling and exciting future in music!

    David Brackley
    Minister of Music
    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago

  • Mike Mount

    Evocative musical experience today – thank you Hannah!
    Most beautiful performance!

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