Tess Epperson Maxwell is a Boston-based harpist playing and teaching throughout New England.
Tess has an impressive range of professional experience including the Arlington Philharmonic, Waltham Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Boys Choir, West Valley Symphony, Arizona Opera, and Arizona Masterworks Chorale. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and the Orpheum Theater. She also plays weddings and events all over New England.
Known for her charismatic teaching style, Tess maintains a private studio teaching beginning to advanced lever and pedal harp students and is on the faculty at the Suzuki School of Newton. Prior to her career in Massachusetts, she served as a Faculty Associate of Harp at Arizona State University and the Adjunct Harp Faculty at Brigham Young University where she was lauded for being a "demanding and innovative teacher [whose students] responded quickly and grew artistically." (Kory Katseanes, former Director of the School of Music at BYU) A popular guest clinician, she has also been invited to teach at various summer festivals including the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar, BYU SummerFest, and HarpArts. She has also been a strong competitor in national harp competitions such as the Lyon and Healy Awards and the American Harp Society competitions.
Tess served as the Vice President of the Phoenix Chapter of the American Harp Society for three years and has been published in the American Harp Journal, the professional journal for harpists worldwide. She studied with Suzanne Balderston, Dr. Nicole Brady, and Dr. Lynne Aspnes and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance.