Faye Seeman


Faye Seeman

Faye Seeman, principal harpist of the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra, is adjunct professor of harp studies at Wheaton College, Northern Illinois University, College of DuPage and Northeastern Illinois University. As founder of the “Kithara” flute, cello and harp trio, she has led the group to notoriety with its broadcast work on WTTW’s “30 Good Minutes”, the recording of two Kithara Trio CD’s, and published many arrangements for the group through Lyon and Healy Harps West. The group currently performs in recitals and churches throughout the area.

 Faye has distinguished herself as one of the most versatile harpists in the Midwest by venturing away from playing traditional classical music. She and several colleagues from the Chicago jazz community established the “ZigZag” Jazz Harp Quartet (harp, piano, bass and drums), exploring an eclectic blend of jazz, classical and new age styles of music. Their CD “Caught” features several of Faye’s own compositions, several jazz standards and free improvisation.

 One of her proudest accomplishments is the commission of a concerto for harp and orchestra in memory of her father, violinist and conductor Ernest Seeman. Noted Chicago composer Gustavo Leone wrote the music which premiered in 2006 at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin. Since then the work has been played many times throughout the United States, most recently with the Fox Valley Symphony in Appleton, Wisconsin. It continues to be a favorite with conductors and orchestral musicians alike.

 From 2002-2012, Faye was principal harpist of the Joffrey Ballet Chicago. During her employment with the company, she developed an affinity for playing with a ballet orchestra. Most recently, she was a featured soloist on the Wheaton College Artists Series, performing “Ennanga” a suite for harp, piano and strings by William Grant Still. The Hubbard Street Dance Company choreographed and accompanied the orchestra during the performance, a highlight for both Faye and the audience.

Summers Faye is on the faculty of the Birch Creek Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, and is guest lecturer at both the Midwest Harp Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Pacific Harp Institute at Icicle Creek Chamber Music Camp in the Cascade mountains of Washington state.

 As a solo artist, Faye completed her first solo CD, “Nearer to Heaven”, recorded at Bastyr University chapel in Seattle, Washington. The disc features several of her own compositions, along with transcribed favorites and music written specifically for the harp.