Katie Wychulis, harp
Katie Wychulis, principal harp of the Lincoln Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, and Sioux City Symphony, is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Alice Chalifoux and Yolanda Kondonassis. She earned her master of music degree from Rice University as a student of Paula Page. In 2001, Katie received a Fulbright grant to study contemporary harp performance practices in Australia, where she studied with Alice Giles at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Performance highlights include concertos with the Omaha Symphony, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Woodstock chamber orchestras; Lincoln, Sioux City, and Minot symphony orchestras; and Houston Chamber Players. In addition to her solo appearances, Katie has performed as guest harpist with the St. Louis and Canberra symphony orchestras; Kansas City and Omaha symphonies; and Britt Festival and National Repertory orchestras. She has been an active chamber musician with such organizations as the Nebraska Chamber Players, Omaha Chamber Music Society, and Music in the Mountains.
Katie has remained an active volunteer for many local area non-profits, serving on the boards of the Great Plains Chapter of the American Harp Society, Omaha Chamber Music Society, and Third Chair Chamber Players. She continues to teach harp at the university level and through the Omaha Public Schools, gives masterclasses nationwide, and maintains a private studio in Omaha. She resides in Omaha with her husband and three daughters.