Throughout Oklahoma and Texas, Raquel Coleman is an up and coming freelance performing harpist. Since 2015 she has been performing with various groups and at a variety of events. Besides freelancing, Raquel has performed several principal harp roles such as: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (OKC Philharmonic), Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Ballet (Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra), Respighi’s Pines of Rome (University of North Texas’ Concert Orchestra), and many more. She currently studies under Dr. Jaymee Haefner, as well as performs with the UNT Harpbeats, an internationally-known harp ensemble.
In addition to her studies and performances, Raquel actively teaches Harp, Piano, Bassoon, and Saxophone.Raquel’s introduction to the harp followed a strict education in the American technique, also known as the “Salzedo” technique. Following this education, Raquel studied with Dr. Haefner, who is recognized as a leading researcher and pedagogue in the French technique. This unique combination of American and French technique allows for Raquel to teach with a method that uses the strengths of both different styles of playing. On Piano Raquel studied with Sharon Moore out of Edmond, OK. On Bassoon she studied Kathleen Reynolds at the University of North Texas.
When not spending time practicing or performing, Raquel can be found reading, spending time with her Australian shepherd Jasper, practicing yoga, or rock climbing. She hopes to continue researching the effects that playing music has on the body both physically and mentally.