Kirsten Agresta Copely
Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp
Kirsten Agresta Copely is Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Prior to this appointment, she was Adjunct Artist of Harp at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., where she served on the faculty for 12 years.
As a soloist, she has charmed audiences internationally since she began study of the harp at the age of 5. By the time she was 14, she was soloist on a full tour of the British Isles and has since performed extensively as a solo artist throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Israel, Japan and the South Pacific.
Known for her passionate performances and versatility, Agresta Copely commands a wide range of genres. She has been awarded top international and national honors, including the Bronze Medal in the 1989 USA International Harp Competition and was appointed an American Harp Society Concert Artist. She debuted as concerto soloist at Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall) and Carnegie Hall, where she has also performed numerous solo recitals. She has soloed internationally in esteemed venues including National Concert Hall in Dublin, Auditorio Santa Úrsula in Lima, Peru, and MuziekGebouwaan'tij Concert Hall in Amsterdam.
Following a feature in People magazine, she was presented on segments of NBC, CBS and ABC, and later made appearances on MTV, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Live with Kelly & Michael, The CBS Early Show and The Today Show. In Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Hollywood Bowl, and the outdoor concert venues of Live8 and Lollapalooza, Agresta Copely has played alongside artists such as Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Enya, Michael Bublé, k.d. Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Adam Levine, John Legend and The Roots. She is also seen on the 2014 and 2015 CMA Country Christmas shows, playing with LeAnn Rimes, Idina Menzel, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Dan & Shay, Lindsey Stirling and host Jennifer Nettles.
Agresta Copely studied with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School and Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald at Indiana University. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance and also served as Associate Instructor of the Harp Department from 1991-93. She is a member of the World Harp Congress Board of Directors, Vice President of the American Harp Society Nashville Chapter, a Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy (NARAS), and a member of ASCAP.