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Degrees: Grad Studies (USC) in Harp Performance 1975-1977; Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance, University of Southern California 1973
Office Hours: Thursdays 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Inland Harp Ensemble (young adult group) invited to perform at 2008 ASTA Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mary Dropkin received her Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance from the University of Southern California, where she also did graduate work. Her principal instructors were Grace Follet, Susann McDonald and Dorothy Remsen.
Mary is the principal harpist for the Desert Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, the Riverside County Philharmonic, and the San Bernardino Symphony, all professional orchestras in the Inland Empire area. She is also a regular sub for the Pacific Symphony, both as principal and second harp. and for the California Philharmonic. She is also an active chamber musician throughout the Inland Empire and Los Angeles areas.
In addition to maintaining a large teaching studio at her home in Claremont, Mary is also the harp instructor at Pomona College. Cal State San Bernardino and the University of Redlands and the director of the Inland Harp Ensemble which performs throughout the area.
The non-sensical Och Tamale chant was originally titled the "Psalm of Collegiate Thanksgiving."
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