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While a student at IU, Emma was honored to study with world-acclaimed harpists including Susann McDonald, Naoko Yoshino, Sarah Bullen, Elizabeth Hainen and Maria Luisa Ryan-Ferrero. She also worked as a volunteer with the IU Pre-College Harp Department, where she taught harp lessons extensively.  The four years spent at IU gave Emma a well-rounded musical training in music theory, music history, music pedagogy, arts marketing as well as ensemble and solo performance.  She eagerly shares this various knowledge with her harp students.

Her time at Indiana University was rich not only from a musical perspective, but also for her spiritual life.  She was part of the leadership for the Christian Musicians Fellowship, where she learned a lot about how to live her faith as a musician.   In the last semester at IU, Emma was part of the Ensemble Christo, a group of Christian musicians who promote classical music with sacred intent.   In the summer of 2008 and 2009, Emma attended the Masterworks Festival, a Christian Performing Arts Festival.  During her time at the festival, she was part of small groups and was inspired by testimonies of Christian faculty and performers.
Emma teaches Mondays & Wednesdays.
Emma Maftei

Harp, Piano

Emanuela Maftei grew up in Romania and moved to the United States in 2008, when she started her studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  She graduated from IU in December 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Harp Performance and now she resides in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Emma has been playing harp since 1999.  While studying in Romania, she performed in several professional orchestras like the Bacau Philharmonic, the Iasi National Opera House and the Botosani Symphony Orchestra.  She also participated and won third prize in both the Martian Negrea National Interpretation Competition in Bucharest and the Sibiu National Interpretation Competition. 

Ms. Maftei performed solo and chamber music recitals at the “Octav Bancila” Art High School in Iasi, Romania.  She also traveled to Switzerland in April 2007 and performed in cities like Geneva, Rolle, Nyon, Lausanne, Morge, and Vevy.  While in United States, she performed at the Masterworks Festival as part of their Honors Recital and she also had solo and chamber recitals at the IU International Center. 

In September 2010, Emma and her friend, Liz Nowland, founded a harp duo, and since then they have performed in Bloomington and Columbus, Indiana.  In May 2011, the two harpists went on a three week tour in Ohio.