Frances Cobb

Principal Harpist at CCM Philharmonia

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Last Updated 12/13/2013

General Information

Employment History

Harp Assistant  - Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Artist Diploma Student  - Cincinnati College-Conservatory

Guest Artist On the Faculty Chamber Concerts  - University of Miami of Ohio

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Faculty- Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Frances Cobb, harp assistant
Frances Cobb, harp assistant Sewanee Summer Music Festival Frances Cobb attends the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an Artist Diploma student under the instruction of Gillian Benet Sella. In addition to teaching, Frances has performed as principal harpist of the CCM Philharmonia, Concert Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Chamber Players, Opera productions and many other volunteer-based school related functions. Since moving to Cincinnati in September 2010, she has also been featured twice as a guest artist on the faculty chamber concerts at the University of Miami of Ohio and recently played with the Columbus, Kentucky, and Cincinnati Symphony. Prior to CCM, Frances achieved her Bachelor of Music in harp performance and minor in piano at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University where she studied harp with Marian Shaffer and piano with Valerie Middleton. She performed as principal harpist for four consecutive years in the Vanderbilt Orchestra while also teaching in the Preparatory Department. During her time in Nashville, Tennessee Frances won runner-up twice in the concerto competition and received honorable mention three times for the Student Showcase concert. Frances has been performing in professional orchestras including the Cincinnati, Columbus, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and continues to act as substitute harpist on top of her rigorous teaching and performing schedule at school. Frances began playing the harp at age six with members of her own family at her home in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Venues include Saint Francis Seraph, First Lutheran Church and Nast Trinity United Methodist Church . The Queen City Concert Band will perform and CCM graduate student Matthew Swanson will conduct Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" with fellow students, harpist Frances Cobb and soprano Esther Kang, both on Saturday in Memorial Hall.

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Panuccio took up the baton to conduct the Trio for Two Flutes and Harp from part III of the work, a rare piece of chamber music by Berlioz, given a delightful reading by flutists Cleo Leung and Terence Teow and harpist Frances Cobb.

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