Harpist Delaine Fedson enjoys a variety of aspects to her musical career, both as a performer and a teacher. Her performing career crosses a wide range of musical styles and venues, from chamber and orchestral music to pop and jazz. Her students include children as young as age 3 1/2, adults, University students, and young professionals.
She serves as the harp instructor on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin and Southwestern University. Delaine is a Suzuki Association of the Americas, registered Harp Teacher Trainer, and recently founded the University of Texas Harp Project, a pedagogy and preparatory program for young students and new teachers. Delaine has taught nationally and internationally at workshops, festivals and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada and Italy and has maintained a thriving private studio in Austin, TX, since 1986. Delaine's students include past participants in and winners of the American Harp Society National Competition and many former students are active professional performers and teachers.
Currently, Delaine performs weekly for the Celtic service at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, TX, and she has enjoyed creating musical programs for a variety of private and public occasions for Central Texas residents since 1982. In addition to providing music for hundreds of weddings, her client list includes five governors of the State of Texas, churches, politicians, corporations, hotels, and private clubs.
Delaine also performs frequently with the Dallas Opera, and the Austin, San Antonio, Waco and Ft. Worth Symphonies, and enjoys a variety of national and international performing collaborations with voice, woodwind quintet, flute, clarinet, and viola colleagues. She has had the opportunity to perform with touring productions of The Producers, Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Philip Bailey, Florence Henderson, Doc Severinsen, Scrooge, and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Delaine serves as Southwestern Regional Director and Secretary to the Board of the AHS, and is an active member of the SAA, and ASTA. She holds a B.M. degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a M.M. degree from The University of Texas at Austin and spent many summers studying with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo School in Camden, ME. In her spare time, she studies art jewelry silver and goldsmith techniques, and enjoys gardening the Texas hill country home she shares with her husband, Rob, and their cat, Max.