Julie Smith Phillips is the Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony. Silver medalist in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001, Ms. Phillips is an active chamber musician, soloist & teacher. Founder of The Myriad Trio (fl, vla, hp), she regularly performs as guest artist on concert series programs in San Diego & across the country. Ms. Phillips received her BM & MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Yolanda Kondonassis. Other former teachers include Alice Chalifoux and Patrice Lockhart. Ms. Phillips has served on the board of the San Diego Harp Society since 2009 and is a Lifetime Member of the American Harp Society.
Eileen Mason was born in San Diego, CA where she began studying harp with her mother and subsequently with Mary Alyn Jones.
She attended the Music Academy of the West and has a B.M. in Harp from the University of Redlands (CA) where her major teacher was Marjorie Call. Other teachers included Anna Bukay, Joel Andrews, Linda Wellbaum and Lucile Lawrence.
Eileen has held principal harp positions with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, from which she retired in 2002. Other orchestral and solo experience includes the Festival de Jeunes Solistes in Nice, France, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Ft. Wayne (Ind) Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
She has been responsible for creating American Harp Society chapters in Kansas City and Baltimore and under her leadership, the Baltimore Charm City Chapter won Chapter of the Year in 2001-2002. Eileen is a Lifetime Member of the American Harp Society.
Pam began her musical education with piano lessons at the age of 6, Clarinet at 8 and then moved on to the harp at the age of 11. Her passion led her to study at San Francisco State University.
Pam has performed in musicals, churches and many weddings and events. Playing with the La Jolla Symphony and the Inland Valley Symphony. Pam also lived in Scotland for several years where she studied Celtic music.
Pam is an accomplished private teacher, and she taught classroom music preK-6th grade for several years. Pam currently plays banquets, weddings, live worship music in a contemporary in a setting. This interest has led to studio recording, she
played on 4 instrumental albums of classic hymns and other contemporary projects.
She loves inspiring and equipping students as they discover their own musical talents. Pam teaches in Clairmont and La Jolla.
Nick came to San Diego in November of 2019 to be the Director of Advancement, Annual Fund for the San Diego Symphony. He came here from Seattle, Washington where he served for 8 years as Director of Development at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB). Prior to ISB, he served as the Director of Development at the Alzheimer Association, Washington State Chapter and at Music of Remembrance. He relocated to Seattle in 2005 from New York City where he spent 20 years in the field of social work and was a founder of SeniorBridge, a for-profit, full-service elder and chronic care company. He began his work life as a pit-orchestra harpist for musical theatre productions on and off Broadway.
Nick holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education and Performance from the University of Oregon, a Masters of Music Performance in Harp from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City.
Russian Harpist Elena Mashkovtseva is known for her impeccable technique, grace, and elegance. She is a soloist, chamber musician, and dedicated teacher. Ms. Mashkovtseva is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied with the celebrated harpist Vera Dulova.
Ms. Mashkovtseva has appeared with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, and the Hutchins Consort. As a chamber musician, she appears regularly with Camarada and DUO ELENA with flutist Elena Yarritu. Ms. Mashkovtseva is Professor of Harp at San Diego State University and has her own private studio in San Diego.
Her students have won many local and national competitions, and have gone on to study at major colleges/conservatories here in the U.S. and abroad.
Ms. Mashkovtseva currently serves as Vice-President of the San Diego Harp Society and is a sought-after judge for national competitions.
Tasha Smith Godinez is a performer, composer and music teacher based in San Diego, California. Ms. Smith Godinez is passionate about augmenting the repertoire for her instrument and has dedicated much of her career to commissioning, performing, and recording new music for the harp. It is also a goal of Tasha’s to help change the common assumptions of the harp and its musical capabilities. Tasha holds both a BM and MM in music performance from San Diego State University as well as a performance diploma from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Alfred Cortot in Paris, France.
Ms. Smith Godinez is the harp professor at the University of San Diego and Palomar College as well as director of the San Diego Harp Academy. She also is the owner of Ennanga Records & Publishing whose focus is directed to publishing new pieces for the harp and recordings of music by living composers and improvisational styles. Tasha is a former president of the San Diego Harp Society.
Harpist Naomi Alter received her Bachelor of Music degree in harp at Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Alice Chalifoux. She has studied with Jeanne Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Maine, and at Tanglewood Music Festival with Lucile Lawrence.
She has taught harp at Louisiana State University and performed with the Toledo, Baton Rouge, La Jolla, Palomar and Grossmont Symphonies. She has been a concerto soloist recently with the Poway Symphony Orchestra, the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra and the Crown City Symphony in Pasadena.
Since 1987, Naomi has performed at many weddings and special events and teaching in the San Diego area.
A recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Sophie is excited to embark upon her career as a freelance musician. With over eight years of experience playing for receptions and banquets and four years of experience playing for wedding ceremonies, Sophie is excited to develop that experience into a full-time career. See Weddings for more information.
Sophie is also excited to build a teaching studio in San Diego. With one year of experience teaching harp and piano in Pittsburgh as well as three semesters of harp and piano pedagogy (learning how to teach) courses, Sophie is well prepared to build a studio full of serious, motivated students as well as those just wishing to develop a foundation in piano or to enjoy the stunning elegance of the harp.
Barbara is a San Diego native, who studied harp for 10 years with Joanne Ford, before heading off to UC Santa Barbara, where she studied under Lou Anne Neill. After transferring to UC Berkeley to finish her Bachelors degree (in Political Science), she focused on education. Barbara has a MEd with a focus on Cross Cultural and Bilingual Education from San Diego State, and 38 years working with refugee students and their families in the public schools. She returned to her harp during the pandemic.
Barbara brings 5 years of experience working on the board a 501(c)(3), both as a member at large, executive secretary, and president of Mothers And Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPs).