Delaine Leonard

Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music

Areas of expertise
Harp performance and pedagogy

Harpist Delaine Fedson currently performs with the Dallas Opera, and also appears with the Austin, San Antonio, Waco and Ft. Worth Symphonies. She also teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where she recently founded the University of Texas Harp Project, a pedagogy and preparatory program for young students and new teachers. Prior to her UT and Southwestern appointments, she taught at Texas A & M, St. Edwards and Baylor Universities. A registered Suzuki Harp Teacher Trainer, Delaine has taught at workshops, festivals and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada and Italy, and has maintained a private harp studio in Austin, TX, since 1986. Delaine's students include past winners of the American Harp Society National Competition and many active professional performers and teachers. Delaine is one of the authors of the American String Teacher (ASTA) publication, "A Harp in the School," and has several published harp ensemble arrangements and recordings available through Lyon & Healy West.


MM, University of Texas at Austin 1984
BM, University of Northern Iowa 1980


Adjunct Professor of Music
Winthrop University
January 01, 2011 - present
Harp Performance and Pedagogy

Senior Lecturer in Harp
Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin
January 01, 2010 - present
Studio teacher for private harp lessons, harp ensemble, pedagogy, and repertoire classes for BA, BM, MM, and DMA students.

Part-Time Instructor of Music
Sarofim School of Fine Arts
January 01, 2010 - present
Studio teacher for private harp lessons and harp ensemble classes for BA and BM students.


Co-author, "A Harp in the Schools", published by American String Teachers Association.

"Northern Lights" CD with Captiol City Men's Chorus.

"Enchanted Dawn" CD with Barbara Mahler, flutist.

Professional Work

Editor, "Teaching Corner" for American Harp Journal, 2009-present

Member, Dallas-Ft. Worth Professional Musicians Association, 1998-present

Suzuki Association of the Americas Registered Harp Teacher Trainer, 2004-present

Free-lance performer and Suzuki teacher in Central Texas

Harp Instructor at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin

Extra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, 1985-present

Extra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, 1998-present

Groups & Affiliations

Texas Music Educator's Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, American Harp Society, American String Teacher's Association, Dallas-Ft. Worth Professional Musician's Union, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences

Contact Information

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1548 (office)
Office: Fine Arts 116

Personal Links

Performing & Pedagogy