Lynne Aspnes, Director
                          welcomes the 2019 HarpArts faculty.


Harpist Lynne Aspnes is Professor Emerita for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and a former faculty member in the School of Music at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Aspnes founded the American Harp Center in Petoskey, Michigan in 2011, as a place for harp students to train with the best artist-teachers available.  Since its' inception the AHC ha brought premiere faculty and students together during the summer months for workshops, performances, and community building. Aspnes began her training in her native Minnesota with her mother, harpist Frances Miller.  Aspnes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  


Rachel Brandwein
Rachel Brandwein currently serves on the faculty at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University  in Collegeville, Minnesota. Ms. Brandwein has presented master classes around the United States and Asia. Among her many performance and compositional accomplishments are first prizes and grants in numerous regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Harp Society, the American String Teachers Association, and Mu Phi Epsilon,  where she was the winner of the  International Solo Competition and served as Concert Artist for  2014-2016.

Dr. Brandwein earned degrees from the University of Michigan (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and Stony Brook University (DMA). She also studied harp and French for one year in Paris and Lyon, France.  After performing at her doctoral commencement, she was awarded the prestigious Ackerman Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies for high accomplishment in performance and pedagogy. Dr. Brandwein is dedicated to helping students realize their unique potential for personal and professional growth. In her teaching she focuses on  individual level and learning styles, guiding students  in their pursuit of personal success. 




Aaron Miller
Aaron David Miller currently serves as the Director of Music and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota and maintains an active recital schedule. He is a forensic musicologist for Donato Music in Scarsdale, NY. Dr. Miller’s performances are distinguished for their highly imaginative and creative style, hallmarks of   his improvisations and compositions alike. His versatility includes accompanying silent films, performing in concert halls, and churches, and by invitation, performing on the Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ in Los Angeles’ Disney Hall.

His   work for organ and orchestra, Sleepy Hollow, was premiered at the opening concert for the 2006 AGO National Conference at Symphony Hall in Chicago, IL.  His Concerto for Two Organists, was premiered and recorded by the Zurich Symphony.  Dr. Miller has recorded two CDs, the first, showcasing his performances of Bach and his improvisatory skills.  Aaron Miller earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music,  and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the Manhattan School of Music.





Kristin Maahs
Harpist Kristin Maahs is an experienced musician who performs extensively throughout central Iowa.
  She has appeared with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Des Moines Symphony, the Ames Children’s Choirs, the Irish band The Chieftains, Aran Daughters (a Celtic harp duo), and for many private events.

Kristin graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with the Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance, studying with Mary Beckman.  Kristin  studied with both Alice and Jeanne Chalifoux over the course of five summers at the  Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.  Ms. Maahs is a certified Suzuki Harp teacher trained by Mary Kay Waddington.  Along with managing a private teaching studio, Kristin also directs the student performing group the Des Moines Harp Ensemble.