Heather Cornelius is a harpist from St. Paul, Minnesota. One of five contestants selected to represent the United States at the 12th USA International Harp Competition in 2022, Cornelius was named an honorable mention in the American Harp Society Foundation’s 2020 Anne Adams Awards. She has also received multiple prizes in the American Harp Society National Competition. Cornelius is currently developing a concert-presentation program that focuses on the experiences of musicians living with mental illnesses, and strategies for increasing these musicians’ success in music and in life.
Cornelius frequently collaborates with composers to help them create new music for the harp. She was awarded two grants from the American Harp Society to commission new works for solo harp and for harp and classical guitar. Two of her commissions are available for digital download from Lyon & Healy, a nationally recognized publisher of harp music.
Cornelius regularly performs with local orchestras, including the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Cornelius was selected to participate in the Orchestral Auditions platform at the World Harp Congress in Cardiff, Wales, in 2022. She is a trained Suzuki harp teacher for Books 1 through 4, and has also served as a harp mentor for harp students in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.