Elzbieta M. Szmyt
Associate Professor of Music (Harp)
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- Artist Diploma, Indiana University, 1991
- M.S., Warsaw University, 1987
- M.S., Chopin Academy of Music, 1987
- B.S., Warsaw University, 1986
Elzbieta Szmyt has made appearances on Polish Radio and Television and performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in Europe, Canada, Japan and the USA. She has been a featured soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, the Cracow Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. She has performed and given lectures for World Harp Congresses in Copenhagen, Prague and Dublin. Her solo CD "Rhapsody" was released on the DUX label.
A native of Poland, Szmyt began her musical training at the age of eleven on the piano. She began to study the harp with Professor Alina Baranowska while attending the J. Elsner School of Music and continued her training with the same teacher at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. In 1987, she simultaneously received two Masters Degrees, one from the Academy of Music, and another in Clinical Psychology from Warsaw University. She subsequently received a scholarship to study with Susann McDonald, Distinguished Professor of Harp at Indiana University. Upon receiving the Artist Diploma in 1991, Elzbieta Szmyt was subsequently appointed to the faculty of Indiana University School of Music.
For the last fifteen years she has regularly conducted performing master classes and workshops in Poland and throughout the USA. She is currently an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Pre-College Harp Program at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.