Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.


Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.


Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.


Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Naoko Nakamura

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Harp

Naoko Nakamura is the Principal Harpist of the Dallas Wind Symphony and appears frequently as an Assistant Principal and Substitute Principal with the Dallas Symphony and The Dallas Opera. Since 1998, she has maintained an active performing and teaching schedule in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her students have received top prizes at national and regional competitions including the American Harp Society National Competition. She is an active chamber musician, having appeared at the “Cliburn at the Modern” series with composer Sebastian Currier, the Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, and the Chamber Music in the Galleries at the Trammel Crow Collection of Asian Arts. Not only does Nakamura appear as a member of the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Fort Worth but also with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, and orchestras in Japan and South America. She has been a devoted member of the Texas Winds Music Outreach since 2003. At the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in both Harp and Piano, under the tutelages of the renowned harp pedagogues, Alice Chalifoux, and Lynnelle Edigar-Kordzaia, the founder and director of the American Youth Harp Ensemble, followed by two years at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she received a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance under the direction of Paula Page, principal harpist of the Houston Symphony. Nakamura has also spent numerous summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, and participated in music festivals including the Round Top Music Festival in Round Top, Texas, and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo.


BM, Oberlin Conservatory
MM, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

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