Lisa Marie Kahn


Applied Harp

“I’m thrilled to teach the harpists and future music educators here at VanderCook. The arts can help to bring together people of all different walks of life, cultures, and backgrounds. It is a privilege for me to help our students grow as music educators and artists.”

Lisa Marie Kahn

Lisa Marie Kahn is one of the most in-demand harpists in Chicago, known for her artistry and musicianship. Known equally for both ensemble playing and solo performances, Kahn has worked with many notable orchestras and in such venues as the Chicago Symphony Center, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, and the Michigan State Capital. Currently, Kahn is the harpist for the Drake Hotel, where she is featured several days a week as a soloist. In addition to her position as adjunct professor of harp at Vandercook College of Music, she is the President of the Chicago American Harp Society. 
Prior to moving to Chicago, Kahn was the solo harpist for the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, where she was performed twice daily. She has been a prize winner in several competitions and competed in the Lyon and Healy Awards International Competition in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree on scholarship from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Gillian Benet Sella, harpist for the Cincinnati Symphony. Kahn went on to earn a Masters of Music degree at the University of Illinois, known for its internationally recognized harp program. She then completed a Performance Diploma at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the tutelage of Sarah Bullen, world-famous harpist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.   

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.

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VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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