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Jacobs School of Music alumna Emily Levin among finalists in USA International Harp Competition

July 19, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumna Emily Levin is one of three finalists in the ninth USA International Harp Competition.

Levin joins Marta Marinelli, from Italy, and Remy van Kesteren, from The Netherlands, in the final round, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, in IU's Musical Arts Center.

The finalists will perform Carl Reinecke's Harp Concerto, Op. 182 with the Indiana University Summer Festival Orchestra, conducted by Jacobs professor David Effron.

The event is free and open to the public.

The 22-year-old harpist from Colorado recently graduated from the Jacobs School of Music -- where she was a Jacobs Scholar and a student of Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald -- with a B.M. with Distinction in Harp Performance and a B.A. with Honors in History.

Levin was awarded a Performer's Certificate from the Jacobs School after her junior recital.

At age 18, Levin was a finalist and Irena Kaganovsky Prize winner of the seventeenth International Harp Contest in Israel. She followed her success in Israel with first prizes in the American Harp Society Anne Adams Awards and the National Society of Arts and Letters instrumental division.

As a soloist, Levin has performed with the Jerusalem, Colorado, Littleton and Denver symphony orchestras. She performed twice at the World Harp Congress and is a recurring guest artist with the Colorado Chamber Players.

Levin is spending her third summer at the Aspen Music Festival, where she is the recipient of the Harp Fellowship. She will begin pursuing her master's degree this fall at the Juilliard School.