Principal Symphony League Chair
Jude Mollenhauer has been the principal harpist of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since September 1985.
She has a bachelor's of music from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the eminent Carlos Salzedo. Before entering Curtis, Jude spent five summers with Salzedo at the Summer Harp Colony of America in Camden, ME. Following her graduation, she performed for a season as principal harpist with the Icelandic National Symphony in Reykjavik, Iceland, and returned to the US to become principal harpist with The Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Grand Opera, and The Philadelphia Lyric Opera Companies. In addition, she was solo harpist with The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra for 10 years, and Acting Principal Harpist with the Cincinnati Symphony in 1984 and 1985.
Jude has appeared in numerous solo recitals including Carnegie Recital Hall, and she has participated in many summer music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Grand Teton Festival, and Colorado Music Festival, as well as Music at Gretna in Mt. Gretna, PA. She has also performed in several National Conferences of the American Harp Society throughout the country. Jude holds a master's of arts from the University of Pennsylvania and has served on the faculties of The Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), Drexel University, and Glassboro State College, NJ. She co-founded The Chamber Arts Players at The Philadelphia College of Art with a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 1994 she was invited to perform at the Second Shenyang International Music Festival in Shenyang, China. For ten summers, Jude was the music director of a Harp and Drama Camp held in Columbus. In addition to her orchestral work with the Columbus Symphony, Jude has been featured as soloist with various orchestras, and in chamber music performances throughout central Ohio. She has recorded three CDs: one for viola and harp, one for flute and harp, and Lyric Harp Duo’s (Jude Mollenhauer & Yan Ni) “Holiday Harps.” She is currently on the faculties of Capital and Otterbein Universities, and maintains a private studio for students of all ages.
She has two daughters, three grandchildren, and is married to Richard Duesterhaus.