“Christina Brier and Kathryn Sloat of Lilac 94 aren’t your grandmother’s harpists.” -Star News. Lilac 94 is a harp duo dedicated to performing new and creative music, and will travel all over to do so. Christina and Kate have played their music in all kinds of venues, from schools and retirement homes to Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Hall and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Most recently, they participated in Fifth House Ensemble’s Fresh Inc Festival, where they performed in Wisconsin and Chicago and gave two world premieres. Christina and Kate began playing together in their first semester as masters students at the Eastman School of Music, and formed Lilac 94 just before their graduation in May 2013. They chose their name to reflect their origins in Rochester, New York – the lilac is the flower of the city, and they have a total of 94 strings between their two harps.
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Christina Brier, harp
Principal harpist of the Wilmington Symphony, Christina Brier performs widely throughout the Midwest and East Coast.
Her orchestral concerto appearances include the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Tallis Chamber Orchestra, Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Maranatha Symphony. As a solo harpist, Christina has performed programs at Hatch Hall (NY), Burkhart Hall (WI), Kenan Chapel (NC), and the Euterpe Music Club (WI).
Ms. Brier frequently appears as a chamber musician with Manhattan harpist Kathryn Sloat in venues across the United States. Their harp duo Lilac 94 specializes in premiering innovative new works for harp duo. Lilac 94’s recent performances include Constellation Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Bedford Concert Hall (WI), the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island (NC), Hatch Hall (NY), and ARTISANworks (NY).
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Brier performs with the Wilmington Symphony and Tallis Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina. Her New York ensemble experience includes the Eastman Philharmonia, Sound Exchange Orchestra, Orchard Park Symphony, Genesee Valley Symphony, and Cornell Symphony. In Wisconsin she performed with the Maranatha Symphony and the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra. She also served as principal harp at the Pierre Monteux summer festival in Hancock, Maine.
As noted by Star News, Christina “loves to do outreach for her instrument.” She currently operates a private teaching studio in Wilmington, North Carolina and serves as president of the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the American Harp Society.
Christina holds a Master’s degree in Harp Performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Kathleen Bride. At Eastman, she earned a certification in Community Music Teaching and was awarded the Willow Hall Press Award for Harp.
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Kathryn Brier, harp
It took her a year to convince her parents that she really wanted to play the harp, but since then, Kathryn Sloat has pursued a career in music with a passion. She has developed a wide range of interests, including playing in orchestra and chamber ensembles, teaching, and exploring her own entrepreneurial projects. Most recently, Kate organized and performed in a concert celebrating the life and works of the composer Benjamin Britten. She also started a private teaching studio in her hometown of Bethlehem, New York. Kate received her master’s degree in harp performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she and fellow harpist Christina Brier formed the duo Lilac 94. Kate is currently completing a postgraduate diploma at the Mannes College of Music and lives in New York City.