Julietta Rabens teaches harp at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is a classically trained pedal harpist performing with a variety of orchestras, choirs, and chamber ensembles. During her doctoral studies, she researched harp traditions throughout the world and currently performs on a variety of harps from the classical European pedal harp to the double-strung, Celtic, Paraguayan, and electric harps. She has a passion for all styles and has performed a number of premieres of new works for harps.
Julietta has a doctorate and a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied with Randall Snyder. She was also an invited participant at masterclasses held by John Corigliano, Libby Larsen, Lukas Foss, John Harbison, Peter Schikele, and Robert Sirota. She has composed an opera, two concertos, and numerous chamber works for harp, voice, piano, and other instruments. Her second master’s degree is in harp from Northern Illinois University where she studied harp with Liz Cifani and received training in Healing Harps from Dr. Ron Price. She has also studied harp with Kathy Kienzle, Anne Eisefeller, and Mary Bircher. She spent ten years playing harp for ICU and Cancer Center patients through the University of New Mexico Arts in Medicine program and values therapeutic applications of music.
Julietta is passionate about the art of teaching and has enjoyed working with a diverse range of students including students with special needs. Her approach is flexible, assisting students in achieving their individual goals. She has developed a harp curriculum for adult beginners called “Classics at Your Fingertips” and “Technique at Your Fingertips” books 1-5. She has also developed a harp curriculum for children called “Plucky Bunny’s Harp Adventures” books 1-3. In addition to being well-grounded in technique, students are encouraged to explore a wide range of repertoires and to create their own music.
M.M. Northern Illinois University, harp
M.M. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, music composition
D.M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, music composition