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Ursula Kwasnicka

Ursula Kwasnicka
Ursula Kwasnicka

Lecturer in Music (Harp)


Ursula Kwasnicka has had a long and accomplished career as a harpist, winning prestigious competitions and becoming a member of several orchestras. Most recently she was principal harpist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. 

Kwasnicka, who was born in Poland and moved to the U.S. with her family, received a full scholarship to study with the French-American harpist, Marcel Grandjany, at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. 

She has been a member of Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony. In her early career, Kwasnicka received a fellowship from the French government to pursue her career in France, studying harp with Pierre Jamet, professor of the Conservatoire Superior in Paris. Her honors include winning a prize at the International Harp Competition in Israel in 1970. In 1966, she won first prize in the American Harp Society Competition, which resulted in a Carnegie Hall recital.

Educational Background

M.Mus., Manhattan School of Music
B.Mus., Manhattan School of Music

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