Eleanor Kirk Harp - Principal
Sponsored by Deanie Brown, in memory of Arice Brown
Eleanor Kirk is an experienced orchestral, chamber, and solo musician from Evanston, Illinois.
She currently serves as the Principal Harpist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Civic
Orchestra of Chicago, and has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric
Opera of Chicago, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago
Harp Quartet and at the Ravinia Festival. Season highlights from the past year include
appearances on the Rush Hour, Musicians Club of Women Artists in Recital, and Dame Myra
Hess concert series. Eleanor performed as a featured soloist with the Bach Week Festival
Orchestra and the Illinois Symphony orchestra in their 2021 seasons.
Eleanor holds degrees from Columbia University, and Chicago College of Performing Arts, and
is a dedicated educator, serving as harp faculty at the Peoples Music School and the Young
Artists Harp Seminar. Her students have received top honors at the Greater Chicago Chapter of
the American Harp Society Competition, the Illinois American String Teachers Association
Concerto Competition, and the Midwest Harp Festival Competition.
Eleanor is a founding member of 5th Wave Collective, a Chicago based classical music
ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by womxn, where she works as