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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. 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. In April 2014, she performed the world premiere of a concerto for flute, harp and wind ensemble by Damian Montano with the Dallas Wind Symphony. 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 Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Arts. Not only does Nakamura appear as a member of the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Fort Worth but also performs with 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, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in both harp and piano, under the tutelages of renowned harp pedagogue Alice Chalifoux and Lynnelle Edigar-Kordzaia, the founder and director of the American Youth Harp Ensemble. She then studied for 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, former principal harpist of the Houston Symphony. She has also spent numerous summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, and participated in music festivals including the Round Top Music Festival and the National Repertoire Orchestra.


B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
M.M., Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

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