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Music of the Romantic Era


Bruce Vogt, Piano

James Mark, Violin

Susan Young, Vocal

Elixabeth Volpe-Bligh, Harp

Elizabeth Volpe-Bligh became the Vancouver Symphony's Principal Harpist in 1982, after 6 years with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. She studied harp with Judy Loman, Alice Chalifoux and Edna Phillips. Her career includes concerti, chamber music concerts, movie soundtracks and recordings, i.e. The Greater Vancouver Album. Michael Conway Baker wrote a Harp Concerto for her, which she performed with the VSO.

Elizabeth's students have won awards such as the VYSO Concerto Competition, Edith Lando Gifted Youth Scholarship, and RCM Gold Medal, and have been in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Many have become professional harpists. She has taught privately and at UBC, TWU, VSO School of Music, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Island Mountain Arts Festival. In 2012, she taught and performed at the 6th International Harp Workshop at Santuario di Crea in Italy and co-founded Canadian International Summer Harp Institute with Gianetta Baril, Judy Loman and Cristina Braga.

Her articles are in various harp journals and online. She has given master classes in China, New Zealand, the USA, Italy and Canada. Her compositions for solo harp, six of which are in the 2009 Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus, are being taught and performed internationally. She is President of the BC Chapter of the American Harp Society and was Chair of the 11th World Harp Congress Host Committee. She has performed and spoken at harp conferences and festivals and was a judge at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2010. Her web site,, has articles on subjects such as preparing harp parts for orchestra, performance anxiety and tuning.

Catherine Lee, Dance

Catherine Lee is a multidisciplinary performer, creator and teacher. She is Artistic Director for the True North Performance, creating contemporary performance works of movement, charactered text and tone. As Artistic Co-Director for the Greater Vancouver Historical Performance she performs and directs accurately reconstructed historical multidisciplinary works. She has sung with award winning women's choir, Elektra, since inception in 1987.

Catherine teaches Movement for Actors at Studio 58, Modern & Historical Dance, Vocal Body, Singing for actors and occasionally tap at the Tooba Physical Theatre Centre. She is the co-creator of Lifeforms (1985 - 1990), a choreographic computer tool. A few of her recent creations are: Le Masque Canadien (1996), Northern Trilogy (1994 - 1995), Snakes in Mind (1989 - 1990).