Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive Instructors

Susan Knapp Thomas Founder, Director

& Master Instructor


Franziska Huhn


Kathryn Sloat


Susan Knapp Thomas, harpist, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, and is a well-known Chamber, Orchestral and Solo Concert Artist and Instructor throughout Connecticut and Southern New England.


She has been a recital soloist and chamber performer at such reputable programs as Connecticut’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Trinity College Summer Concert Series, and Hartford’s New World Chamber Ensemble series. She has co-founded and arranged music for her flute and harp duos, and flute, harp and cello trios.


As an orchestral harpist, Susan served as Acting Principal for Hartford Symphony from 2010 - 2014 and was their featured concerto soloist in June of 2008, performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with principal flutist, Grieg Shearer. She is Principal Harpist for the Waterbury Symphony, and Acting Princiapl Harp for Brevard Symphony in Melbourne, Florida. She regularly performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Vero Beach Opera, and regularly appeared as guest harpist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band from 1987-2002. Ms. Thomas regularly plays touring shows for the Bushnell and the Shubert Theaters in Hartford and New Haven, CT, and frequently for Frank Sinatra Jr. and other well known celebrities.


Ms. Thomas, Instructor of Harp at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, is a master harp instructor. She runs vigorous harp studios in Connecticut and Florida.  She has coached varied configurations of student ensembles at both the Hartford Conservatory and Hartt, and has developed, marketed and run her own student summer course and harp ensemble programs since 2002. An experienced administrator, Ms. Thomas was the Summer Program Coordinator at the Hartford Conservatory from 1999-2002. Her students were first and second and third prize winners in the American Harp Society Connecticut Chapter Harp Competition in the spring of 2005, and 1st and 2nd prize competition winners in 2002.


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Harpist Franziska Huhn has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island and Texas, as well as international recitals in Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Germany, including several performances for the German President (Johannes Rau and Horst Koehler).  She also was featured in a recital on WGBH in "Live from Studio 1." Ms. Huhn has participated in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.  She later returned to Tanglewood to perform contemporary music as a Fromm player. Ms. Huhn is also active in and around the Boston area performing as a substitute harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and playing regularly with the Walden Chamber Players and Mistral Chamber Players. As a member of Callithumpian Consort and Sound Icon, Ms. Huhn is a strong proponent of contemporary music and has works written for her by composers such as Lior Navok, John Heiss and Daniel Pinkham.


Ms. Huhn studied with Lucile Lawrence at Boston University and then continued with Ann Hobson Pilot at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she completed a Masters Degree and Graduate Diploma, in addition to becoming the first ever harpist to be awarded the Artist's Diploma by the Conservatory in 2005. In 2007, her album Harp Solo was released, followed by Bejeweled (flute and harp) in 2009. Since 2003, Ms. Huhn has been the Assistant Director of the Harp Seminar at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. Ms. Huhn serves as harp faculty at the New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music.

It took her a year to convince her parents that she really wanted to play the harp, but since then, Kathryn Sloat has pursued a career in music with a passion. She has developed a wide range of interests, including playing in orchestra and chamber ensembles, teaching, and exploring her own entrepreneurial projects.

Most recently, Kate organized and performed in a concert celebrating the life and works of the composer Benjamin Britten. She also started a private teaching studio in her hometown of Bethlehem, New York. Kate received her master's degree in harp performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she and fellow harpist Christina Brier formed the duo Lilac 94. Kate is currently completing a postgraduate diploma at the Mannes College of Music and lives in New York City.


Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive

Office  Address

1 Birch Road

Bloomfield, CT 06002 USA

Phone: 860-690-5328