Grace Cross is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in harp performance under Kathy Kienzle at the University of Minnesota, exploring psychology’s function in pedagogy and contemporary arts’ role in community engagement. After training at SPLICE Institute and the Fresh Inc. Festival, she collaborates with current composers, offering harp composition seminars throughout the country.
Before relocating to Minneapolis, Ms. Cross studied with Yolanda Kondonassis at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, sharpening her performance and comparing pedagogy and psychology in an interdepartmental study. Additionally, she was principal harpist of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and performed as guest principal with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, and Blue Streak Ensemble.
Prior to her collegiate studies, she graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, as a student of Joan Holland. Ms. Cross hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where her training began shortly before her ninth birthday.