Elizabeth Steiner in Boscawen on te%

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Elizabeth featured in Moses Sumney video

Posted in: Gallery ♦ Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 1:31 PM ♦ Comments Off on Elizabeth featured in Moses Sumney video

This past fall I had the honor of working with New York harpists Brandee Younger and Ashley Jackson accompanying the brilliant singer Moses Sumney on a live video recording project for The Fader. Read more below!

Watch Moses Sumney’s dreamiest rendition of “Quarrel”

Directed by: Kevin HaydenProduced by: Anchor LightProducer: Lucy KingExecutive Producers: Rob Stone, John Cohen, Andy Cohen, Anthony HollandCreative Director: Rob SemmerProduction Manager: Madison LaClairHarpists: Brandee Younger, Ashley Jackson, Elizabeth SteinerHarp Arrangement: Brandee Younger & Alden Hellmuth Projection Artist: Sam CannonSteadicam: Patrick MorganFirst AC: Yuya KudoSecond AC: Dustin WardEditor: Sam BalabanSound Mix: Jake Viator, Stone Throw StudiosSound Mixer: William PierceGaffer: Derek Sexton HoraniGrip: Juan ChiciazaProduction Assistant: Samantha BloomHarpist Assistant: Alden HelmuthProjection Assistant: Mikey Younker

ICYMI: Watch Moses Sumney’s Intimate Live Performance of “Quarrel” – Saint Heron

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Elizabeth appointed Executive Director of the Lyra Society

Posted in: News ♦ Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 1:24 PM ♦ Comments Off on Elizabeth appointed Executive Director of the Lyra Society

Lyra Society Announces new Executive Director
A Letter from the President of the Board, Robert Schwartz

January 29, 2018
Dear Friends of Lyra Society,

Thank you for steadfast support of this small but mighty organization. Last spring, Hilary Hahn, along with students from GLISSANDO! and Play On Philly, gave us an unforgettable performance as we celebrated our 12th year. You have played an essential role in our achievements and the Lyra Society is entering an age of success that Elizabeth Hainen could only dream about when she started the Lyra Society 13 years ago.

On behalf of the Lyra Board, I’m pleased to share exciting news about Elizabeth Hainen, Elizabeth Steiner, and Lyra’s growth and direction. I’m also writing to invite you to save the evening of May 9, at Curtis, for Lyra’s 13th-anniversary bash.

Elizabeth Hainen becomes Artistic Director and Founder
Elizabeth has been everything to the Lyra Society. As chief cook and bottle washer, she created a startup. Elizabeth took time from the playing and teaching the harp to learn Quickbooks, build and maintain relationships with the School District of Philadelphia, and keep the GLISSANDO! and Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony plates spinning. Those are skills Elizabeth never imagined she would need when she began her spectacular career with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Elizabeth has been mentoring and teaching young harpists with a relentless, exhausting ardor.

Now that the Lyra Society has reached the solvent state of a mature organization, Elizabeth has decided to shift her role to more artistically serve our students and you, our patrons. Elizabeth is ready to spend less time on administration and more time on performing and teaching. The Board is delighted that Elizabeth has stepped into her new role as Artistic Director and Founder.

Elizabeth Steiner appointed Executive Director
The Board has selected Elizabeth Steiner to be Lyra Society’s new Executive Director. Elizabeth has been serving as Lyra’s Director of Education while maintaining a busy concert schedule. As a Lyra Teaching Artist, Elizabeth has been teaching a weekly group harp class at Philadelphia High School for Girls, while providing private lessons at Central High and at the Kearny School. She also serves as the Harp Faculty of the Settlement Music School.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her Master’s Degree in Harp Performance at Temple University. There, Elizabeth was awarded a scholarship to study under Elizabeth Hainen. Recently, Elizabeth has performed as principal harp with the Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and Maryland Symphony. We are thrilled that Elizabeth is Lyra Society’s second Executive Director.

This is a busy, fruitful time for the Lyra Society. Elizabeth Hainen, Elizabeth Steiner, and the Board of Trustees thank you for your enthusiastic support.


Bob Schwartz

President, Board of Trustees

Featured in the Philadelphia Star

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Sunday, August 21st, 2016, 11:54 AM ♦ Comments Off on Featured in the Philadelphia Star

Steadfast to strings | Star Newspaper Philadelphia

As a freel­ance harp­ist, Stein­er has per­formed as prin­cip­al harp­ist with var­ied area or­ches­tras, in­clud­ing the Bal­timore Sym­phony, Delaware Sym­phony, Lan­caster Sym­phony and Mary­land Sym­phony. Just this past week­end, from May 6 to 8, she per­formed with the Delaware Sym­phony at the Grand Op­era House in Wilm­ing­ton.

Lyra Society Benefit ‘After the Rain’

Posted in: News ♦ Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 3:48 PM ♦ Comments Off on Lyra Society Benefit ‘After the Rain’

Beautiful event at the Curtis Institute of Music where I performed with my students from across the Philadelphia School District.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Art After 5

Posted in: News ♦ Sunday, February 16th, 2014, 3:17 PM ♦ Comments Off on Philadelphia Museum of Art – Art After 5


I had a great time performing with friend, musical partner, and incredible soprano at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! We presented and array of love songs from the classical repertoire to jazz standards to present day pop.




Performing weekly at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Posted in: News ♦ Monday, September 9th, 2013, 2:08 PM ♦ Comments Off on Performing weekly at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Rittenhouse HotelCome visit the newly renovated lobby of the Rittenhouse Hotel every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2 – 5 pm for live harp music and afternoon tea in the Mary Cassatt Tea Room. For more information on afternoon tea, please take a look at New York food blogger the Wandering Eater’s blog post featuring yours truly! I perform a wide selection of music from classical to pop to jazz, so stop by if you are in the Rittenhouse Square area!






Siena Music Festival 2013

Posted in: News ♦ Monday, September 9th, 2013, 12:40 PM ♦ Comments Off on Siena Music Festival 2013

Siena Music FestivalThis past summer, I was invited to perform at the Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy for five weeks of intense rehearsing and performing in the heart of Tuscany. I had a fantastic experience working with musicians from all over the United States and the wonderful conductors Michael Rossi of the Washington National Opera and J. David Jackson of the Metropolitan Opera

Program highlights included:
Respighi – Pines of Rome
VerdiLa Forza del Destino Overture
Strauss – Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Wagner – Highlights from the Ring Cycle
Ravel – Piano Concerto in G Major


Upcoming Performance: Holst’s the Planets with the Sarasota Orchestra

Posted in: News ♦ Monday, November 26th, 2012, 3:01 AM ♦ Comments Off on Upcoming Performance: Holst’s the Planets with the Sarasota Orchestra

I am excited to announce that I will be performing Gustav Holst’s The Planets with the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida this coming weekend! For more information please visit the Sarasota Orchestra website!

Upcoming Performance: Ravel Daphnis et Chloé

Posted in: News ♦ Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, 1:42 AM ♦ Comments Off on Upcoming Performance: Ravel Daphnis et Chloé

Join the Temple University Symphony Orchestra for Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 on Friday, 26 October at 7:30 PM in Temple Performing Arts Center! One of my long-time favorites, Daphnis has a great harp part that is so much fun to play. Also on the program is Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and Barber’s Piano Concerto Op. 38. Admission is free, I hope you can make it!

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