About

A professional harpist based in Houston, Hope Cowan frequently performs as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and event harpist.  She is also sought after as a harp teacher, and teaches lessons to students of all ages. Please contact her if you have questions about booking her for a wedding or harp lessons.

Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ms. Cowan relocated to Houston, Texas in 2009 to pursue her music education.  She has a Master’s of Music degree from Rice University and a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Houston, both under the instruction of Paula Page.

As an orchestral musician, Ms. Cowan is the principal harpist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.  She has also plays regularly with the Mississippi Symphony and the Symphony of Southeast Texas.  She has served as a guest musician with various symphonies in the area including the Victoria, San Antonio, Brazos Valley, Lake Charles, and Corpus Christi Symphonies.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with other musicians throughout Texas playing chamber music concerts.  She has appeared with SYZGY: New Music at Rice, The Foundation for Modern Music, AURA, MUSIQA and her own performing ensemble: The Deciduous Trio.  The Deciduous Trio is a harp/flute (Amulet Strange)/viola (Stephanie Mientka) trio that is committed to bringing their ensemble’s unique sound to diverse audiences and expanding its repertoire. The Deciduous Trio has performed for concert series all over the country and for the American Harp Society and National Flute Association Conventions. An advocate for new music, Ms. Cowan frequently performs contemporary solo and chamber music.

A committed and passionate teacher, Ms. Cowan teaches private lessons in her home in Katy, TX.  She is a teaching artist for Young Audiences of Houston and the harp coach for the Houston Youth Symphony.  She frequently runs clinics and workshops in school districts all over the Houston area, and regularly teaches in the Alief and Fort Bend ISDs.  She is also on the faculty at the Houston Summer Harp Festival, a summer camp for middle school and high school harpists held at Houston Baptist University (http://houstonsummerharpfestival.com/).