Photo Credit: Natalie Gaynor | Menil Drawing Institute, Houston, TX

Harpist Kelsey Sham is currently pursuing her graduate studies at Rice University and completed her undergraduate degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A dedicated orchestral musician, Ms. Sham has performed with both classical and contemporary ensembles, and has worked to promote new music and art installations. As a passionate advocate for arts education, she currently maintains a private studio, works as a Harp and Piano Teacher for Vivo Professional Music School, and has collaborated with Young Audiences of Houston to increase accessibility of the Fine Arts to underserved schools. In 2019, she was named a Fulbright semi-finalist for her proposal on multidisciplinary performance to merge modern Taiwanese culture and classical harp, and in 2020, she was awarded the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach, which she will utilize to bring folk music to children in the Greater Houston area. Ms. Sham’s most recent projects include Da Camera of Houston’s “Finding Home” arts residency project: music and culture workshops with various language immersion schools in Houston, programming a concert series on the art of POC composers, and creating educational content for children about identity through music and sound.

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