Pre-College Harp Program

Pre-College Harp Program

Faculty & Instructors



Elzbieta M. Szmyt

Professor of Music, Harp Department Chair, Jacobs School of Music
Director, Department of Pre-College Harp Program
  • Artist Diploma , Indiana University, 1991

  • Master of Science, Warsaw University, 1987

  • Master of Science, Chopin Academy of Music, 1987

  • Bachelor of Science, Warsaw University, 1986

Elzbieta Szmyt is the director of the Pre-College Harp Program. She studied with Alina Baranowska-Liese, Susann McDonald, and Pierre Jamet. She is a regular performer of solo and chamber recitals and has taught master classes in Europe and the United States.

Ms. Szmyt has made several appearances and recordings for Polish radio and television. She has been a featured soloist with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Krakow Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis. She performed at the World Harp Congresses in Denmark (1993) and Prague (1999). Her research interests include pedagogy and the psychology of music.

In 2012, Ms. Szmyt founded The Summer Harp Academy, a week-long program designed to develop the versatile harpist.  She teaches daily masterclasses, workshops, ensemble rehearsals and private lessons along with world renowned pop harpist Jan Jennings.  The Summer Harp Academy is held in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit



Fan Fen Tai

Adjunct Lecturer, Harp Department, Jacobs School of Music
  • D.M., Doctor of Music, Indiana University, 2009

  • M.M., Master of Music, University of Arizona, 2003

  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Taipei National University of Arts, 1999

Dr. Fan-Fen Tai has served as an Adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2010. She enjoys a multi-faceted career playing concerts, working with students of all ages and levels, and promoting harp in local schools and communities. 

She was a recipient of top prizes in numerous competitions including the Laureate Prize at the First Vera Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow, the first prize and "People's Choice" of the Travel Grant Competition from Indiana University, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, President's Competition of University of Arizona, and Taipei Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She appeared as a soloist with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Asian Youth Orchestra, University of Arizona Orchestra, and Indiana University Singers and Orchestra and more. 

As an avid chamber musician, she performs regularly and seeks to broaden the chamber music repertoire for harp. She recently commissioned, premiered and recorded new works by composers Aaron Travers — Three Dances, new music for violin and harp, and Serotonina, a tango suite for violin and harp. 

As a harp educator, Dr. Tai aims to inspire. Her goals are not only to train students on techniques, sound, musicianship, and styles but also to instill self-confidence in them through harp playing. 

She earned a D.M. from Indiana University in 2009, M.M. from the University of Arizona, and a B.M. from Taipei National University of Arts. Her principal teachers include Susann McDonald, Carrol McLaughlin, and Sophie Clavel.