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



Areas of Expertise

  • Professional musician: orchestral, chamber musician and soloist

  • Harp instructor: beginning to professional levels

Background Highlights

  • Currently principal harpist in four professional orchestras: Redlands Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, Desert Symphony and substitute for Pacific Symphony (principal and second harp) and California Philharmonic (principal harp)

  • Active chamber musician performing regularly in recital

  • Director of Inland Harp Ensemble, which consists of young adult and adult ensembles

Courses Offered at Redlands

Applied Harp


  • Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance, University of Southern California, 1973

  • Grad Studies (USC) in Harp Performance, 1975-1977

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Private studio for 30+ years

  • Also on the faculty at Pomona College and Cal State San Bernardino

Awards and Honors

Inland Harp Ensemble (young adult group) invited to perform at 2008 ASTA Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Professional Affiliations

  • American Federation of Musicians, Locals 7 and 47

  • American Harp Society, member of national and Los Angeles Chapter; on the Executive Board for the Orange County Chapter as Corresponding Secretery

  • American String Teachers' Association, member of national and Los Angeles Chapter

Additional Information

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.