Patricia Harris has been Principal Harpist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for more than 40 years. In addition to the tremendously wide-ranging repertoire and exciting challenges that she enjoys with the Symphony, she is also active with the TSO Harp Trio that performs at a community events and outreach programs for children.
Mrs. Harris is on the roster of the Arizona Commission for the Arts, and she performs many different styles of music at a wide range of venues. This variety also includes her regular performances at St. Philips in the Hills Church, and she is frequently engaged to play for weddings and other social events. Patricia enjoys teaching and she has students ranging in age from eight to over eighty year old. Her new duo with fellow harpist Christine Vivona is called “Two Harps, Ninety Four Strings.”
When did you start playing the harp? I began my harp studies at age 8.
Why did you choose your instrument? There was a harp in the living room and my mom was a professional harpist. It has a wonderful sound and is beautiful to look at.
Are you from a musical family? My grandmother was a concert pianist and her mother was a singer.
What is your favorite piece for orchestra? Anything with harp in it.
Do you have any hobbies? I play tennis. I take tennis lessons and feel that a teacher is a better teacher if they are also a student. I also ride horses. I enjoy cooking and taking care of my family - a husband and two young men who are in college.
Do you have any pets? I have a wonderful yellow lab named Saber. He loves to listen to me practice. I also have a horse named Yoda who is 28 years old.