Kay Kemper


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About Me


"I am inspired by both the faculty and students at the Frost School of Music; their energy and enthusiasm for creating and making music. I want to further encourage my harp students to stretch and grow as they continue to explore and share the unique capabilities of voice and color our amazing instrument-the Harp- has to offer."



Kay Kemper is a harp professor at the Frost School of Music who is internationally renowned one of the world’s finest harp players. She has appeared in concert with some of the country’s leading orchestras for the past 25 years.

An active freelance musician in South Florida since 1990, Professor Kemper performs regularly with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Palm Beach Pops, the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony of Ft. Myers, Florida. In addition, she has also participated in many of the country’s most prestigious summer music festivals, including the Interlochen National Music Camp, Tanglewood Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. When she’s not out of town playing, Professor Kemper can also be found performing at various upscale private functions in South Florida.

As her performance schedule can attest, Professor Kemper is a versatile performer. Her many activities include lecture recitals, taking part in chamber music concerts and providing a unique ambience with her harp creating background music. She maintains a private teaching studio and previously served as President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society.

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Professor Kemper studied under such renowned musicians as Joan Ceo, Lucile Lawrence and Alice Chalifoux. Now her name is also part of that distinguished list.

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

  • Performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas of Venezuela
  • Ongoing performances with some of South Florida’s most distinguished orchestras and chamber music ensembles


  • Band of the Air Force Reserve in Concert
  • Mahler-Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
  • Gustav Holst-The Planets (John Williams conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
  • Sergei Prokofiev-Romeo & Juliet, Ballet in four acts and nine scenes (Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • Jon Secada, The Gift (guest)
  • Illuminations (soloist, Chamber Music Palm Beach)
  • Sing Me to Heaven: Southwest Florida Symphony Choruses (soloist, Joseph Caulkins conducting)
  • Special 10th Anniversary Concert (soloist, Paul Nadler conducting the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra)
  • Yours is My Heart Alone (Bob Lappin conducting the Palm Beach Pops)
  • Gold (self-produced)
  • Pearls (self-produced)