CISHI is guided by co-founder and award-winning harpist, Gianetta Baril. She is joined by her mentor, the world-renowned phenomenon Judy Loman and the vibrant American harpist and composer, Julia Kay Jamieson. Julia is excited to share her expertise in jazz and arranging while Judy will give workshops and masterclasses focusing on technique, pedagogy and repertoire.
“Her playing, its’ elegance, precision, coloured passion as well as the refined intimacy which it imposes, is a gift for the ears.”
– Repertoire des disques Compactes, France.
A passionate teacher, Gianetta maintains an active studio at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, was Chairman of the Focus on Youth section of the World Harp Congress held in 2011 and is co-founder of the Canadian International Summer Harp Institute. Many of her students have received top awards for Royal Conservatory examinations and have continued onto graduate studies and professional careers. Her dedication and keenness to share her love of the harp led to an invitation to perform and teach for two social projects in Rio de Janeiro. These exceptional programmes offer underprivileged children from the favelas a new life of possibilities through the gift of music lessons and involvement in an orchestra. In preparation for this volunteer work, Gianetta began an intensive fund-raising action “Harping for Harps” which facilitated her donation of 3 harps as a starting point for the teaching in Brazil.
In the Fall of 2014, Gianetta began a sabbatical to travel around the world, exploring new musical possibilities and cultures and doing volunteer work in Fiji and Nepal. The second half of her sabbatical was spent in Brazil, establishing the harp programmes in the favelas of Rio and teaching an extension course on the business of music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. During that time, Gianetta was also invited to give masterclasses in other parts of the country and to perform for the Rio Harp Festival in both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Now back in Canada, Gianetta returns to her teaching and concertizing and is looking forward to an annual return to Brazil to continue the work she has begun there.
Recognized as one of the world’s foremost harp virtuosos, Judy Loman graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with the celebrated harpist Carlos Salzedo. She became principal harpist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1960. As a soloist, Judy Loman has won the admiration of audiences and critics alike across Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has featured her as soloist on several tours and she has appeared as guest artist with numerous other orchestras and ensembles worldwide. She has participated in many of North America’s music festivals and several of her performances have been filmed by Rhombus Media and aired on public television.
A prolific recording artist, her extensive discography includes Judy Loman Favorites (Marquis Classics); Illuminations (Marquis Classics); Dance of the Blessed Spirits and 20th Century Music for Flute and Harp with Nora Shulman, flute (Naxos); Harp Showpieces (Naxos); A Baroque Harp (Marquis Classics); and Musique de chambre française (Marquis Classics). She recently released a 2 CD album called Ariadne’s Legacy of all of the works for harp by R. Murray Schafer played by the harpists who commissioned them. Through these projects, she has been a recipient of Canada’s JUNO Award for Classical Recording of the Year and the Canada Council’s Grand Prix du disque Canadien. In addition to performances of traditional harp repertoire, Ms. Loman has commissioned several new works for her instrument by Canada’s foremost composers, including John Weinzweig, R. Murray Schafer, Glenn Buhr, Kelly Marie Murphy and Srul Irving Glick. She has introduced these compositions worldwide through her recordings and recitals in North America, Europe, Israel, and Japan. Highlights of her career have been the presentation of concertos by R. Murray Schafer, Glenn Buhr and Kelly Marie Murphy at several World Harp Congresses. Always seeking to add to the harp repertoire, she is active in transcribing classical and baroque works for the harp from the piano repertoire, as well as arranging folk and Christmas music for voice and harp.
A dedicated teacher, Judy Loman is a Visiting Artist at The Curtis Institute of Music, Adjunct Professor of harp at the University of Toronto, a Fellow of The Royal Conservatory and Instructor of harp at The Glenn Gould School of Music. She gives master-classes worldwide and has adjudicated at the International Harp Contest in Israel, the USA International Harp Contest, and The Vera Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow.
In June of 2002 Ms. Loman retired from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to devote her time to teaching, recording, concertizing, and publishing of her arrangements and transcriptions. To celebrate this new turn in her career the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned a Concerto for harp and orchestra by Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy that she premiered on June 12, 2002. In 2016 Judy Loman was made a member of The Order of Canada for her contribution to the Arts in Canada.
Julia Kay Jamieson is an energetic performer, dedicated teacher, composer, and award-winning harpist living in Champaign, IL. Julia’s interest in harp pedagogy has led to her writing teaching materials, giving workshops and masterclasses for harpists and composers, and writing articles. Julia has been featured as a clinician, composer, and concert artist for several summer camps and special events including the Canadian International Summer Harp Institute, The High Cascade Harp Retreat, and the Illinois Summer Harp Class. A passionate advocate for new music, she is the principal harpist of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Julia has been commissioned to write several harp ensemble pieces for events such as the Illinois Summer Harp Class and the University of Oregon Harp Day in Eugene. She is a founding member and arranger for the harp quartet HarpCore 4, recently featured at the Midwest Harp Festival. As a professional harpist, she won First Prize in the 2002 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Biennial Solo Competition. Julia was the winner of the University of Illinois School of Music Concerto Competition Finals in 2008 and has been a soloist with orchestras including the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (2010), and Cleveland Chamber Symphony (2013).
She studied with Jocelyn Chang in Cleveland, Susann McDonald at Indiana University (BM), and Ann Yeung at UIUC (MM) where Julia served as teaching assistant. During her tenure as teaching assistant, she was awarded the highest teaching honor at The University of Illinois: the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2009).
Julia is currently serving on the American Harp Society board of directors and is chair of the Music Education Auditions Committee. She is Vice-President of the Roslyn Rensch Central Illinois Chapter of the American Harp Society.