Harpist Lynne Aspnes began her tenure at Arizona State University in the summer of 2007 as associate dean for the Herberger College of the Arts and professor of music for its School of Music. Prior to her move to Tempe, Aspnes served as chair of the string department at the University of Michigan-School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also served as director of the school’s Center for Career Development. Prior to being appointed chair of the string department, Aspnes served for eight years as associate dean for academic affairs and for six years as chair of the school’s scholarship committee.
Dr. Aspnes’ former students are included on the rosters of principal symphony orchestras and the United States Army Band, as instructors for secondary and post-secondary schools in Michigan, Minnesota, New York state and City, Utah, Washington D.C., and in Singapore, and featured as soloists, recording artists and arts writers throughout North America.
An active performer and teacher, Aspnes appears frequently in solo recitals, chamber music collaborations and as orchestral soloist. With VocalEssence (formerly the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota) Aspnes has recorded on the Collins Classics, CRI, ProArte, RCA Red Seal and Virgin Classics labels, and with organist John Walker and the choir of the Riverside Church, New York, for the Pro Organo label. As a guest artist, Aspnes has appeared as guest soloist and/or clinician for schools of music and music festivals in Colorado, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, and Paris, France.
As a member of the American Harp Society, Aspnes is a past director of the Concert Artist Program, the primary educational outreach effort of the AHS; a past member of the executive committee and the board of directors. She is a frequent contributor to The American Harp Journal, the professional journal for harpists worldwide. Aspnes performs frequently for AHS national conferences and has co-chaired three conferences and chaired the Ann Arbor, Michigan conference. Aspnes presented the opening recital in San Diego conference and appeared under the auspices of the World Harp Congress at concerts in Vienna, Austria, and Seattle, Washington. Aspnes is a past editor of the Harp Forum for the American String Teacher, the official publication of the American String Teacher’s Association, served on the planning board for the 2004 ASTA National Conference, and is a former consultant to the ASTA National Solo Competition.
Aspnes began her training in her native Minnesota with her mother, harpist Frances Miller, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Of her solo recital debut in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, the New York Times said, "Lynne Aspnes helped the listener recall what a versatile instrument the harp is... Miss Aspnes is clearly an accomplished artist, whose skill is not to be doubted."