Sue Taylor

Sue Taylor

Teacher of Applied Music, Harp
Ph.D., M.M., M.A., Washington University

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1030
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Sue teaches harp lessons for the department. 

Sue Taylor earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in harp with teachers who studied with Carlos Salzedo and Marcel Grandjany.


Sue is the harpist with the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.


Sue holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University and has taught courses in University College and Summer School since 1989. Her areas of research include the music of Gustav Mahler and fin-de- siècle Viennese composers and the orchestral scoring for harp in 19th-century music forward.



American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Quebec City, November 1-4, 2007

Paper: “Mahler’s ‘Symphonia domestica’: the Sixth Symphony’s Scherzo and a Barnyard Tale of Family Values”




Fulbright Scholar-Doctoral Research Fellowship; Vienna, Austria; one year


Dean's Award for Teaching, University College, Washington University, 2007

Nominated for Undergraduate Students of Arts & Sciences Faculty Award 2007


University College and Summer School, 1989-

--Introduction to Music I and II (each fall, spring, summer)

--Great Composers series—includes courses on specific topics: Bach; Mozart; Beethoven & Schubert; Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin; Brahms; Bruckner; Debussy & Ravel; Tchaikovsky; Czech Music; Gustav Mahler; Music of English Composers; Operetta; Opera; Broadway Musicals; Music of Spain; Great Composers and Music for the Ballet; American Popular Song from 1940-1955; Music of Vienna; Verdi; Puccini; Copland & Bernstein; Gershwin & Coward; Paris—Its Celebrated Architecture and the Music It Housed; Guitars, Lutes and Harps—from the Street to Castle, Court and the Concert Hall; Great Composers at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, etc.

--Short Courses—spring course on the operas presented by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; additional topics include Stravinsky's music for ballet; Latin dance in opera; great orchestras and their conductors; courses related to works featured by Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, etc.


Principal harp, St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra

Additional performing groups/past performing groups include:

Gateway Festival Orchestra

University City Symphony Orchestra

Washington University Symphony Orchestra

National Lutheran Choir

Webster University Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra

Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Winter Opera St. Louis

Union Avenue Opera

Substitute Harp, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra