Dorothy Remsen



Dorothy Remsen’s service to the harp and the American Harp Society, Inc. spans more than three decades and encompasses many different jobs including those of Los Angeles Chapter President, Western Regional Director, six years as National Secretary, 27 years as Executive Secretary, serving as the National Competitions Chairman in 1966, and as the National Competitions Office Assistant since 1996.

Dorothy began the study of the harp with Mildred Godfrey Hall, and later attended the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Eileen Malone.  She has served as Principal Harpist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Glendale Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Opera; and as second harpist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

In her ‘spare’ time, Dorothy spent 41 years as a freelance harpist for all of the major and independent motion picture studios, and for 20 years was a frequent performer for the Monday Evening Concerts, a series of 20th century music presented at the Los Angeles County Museum.  Dorothy lists her many prizes and awards as the “many opportunities I had to work with some of the finest musicians on the planet.”