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Hannah Cope, Principal Harp

Hannah Cope Johnson is Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She was previously Principal Harp of the Sarasota Orchestra. She has appeared with many ensembles in New England including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic among others. Recent career highlights include a guest artist feature with Boston Chamber Music Society and performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Hannah spent many years in the harp competition circuit and took home first prizes at the American Harp Society National Competition, the Lyon and Healy Awards, the Grandjany Memorial Competition, and most recently took 2me Prix at the 2022 Concours International de Harpe Félix Godefroid in Belgium. She has also won fellowship positions at summer orchestra festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Marrowstone Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. 

Hannah grew up in Salt Lake City, UT where she studied harp with Kimberly Dunford and ShruDeLi Ownbey. She earned a B.M. from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT with Dr. Nicole Brady, and obtained an M.M. and a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Jessica Zhou of Boston Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and their two beloved cats, Hobbes and Zeus. When she’s not on her harp bench, she loves hiking, trying new recipes, and playing Mario Kart.


November 21st – next MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall

  Videography: Pete Scalzitti We are so excited to share this conversation with you about the upcoming MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall this Sunday! We will be performing an arrangement from Matthew Aucoin’s new opera “Eurydice” which opens next Tuesday at The Metropolitan Opera. Also on this program, our...
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MET Orchestra / Princeton University Study Indicates Surprising Findings About Air Flow In Trained Opera Singers

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra – the only world-class orchestra in America furloughed with no pay since April 1, 2020 – has been actively pursuing ways to get back to work safely with the help of scientists and engineers from Princeton University and The University of Montpellier (France) / CNRS. While Metropolitan Opera management chose not...
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OperaWire: Q & A: Met Opera Concertmaster Benjamin Bowman On Falling In Love With Music, Performing Opera & Ballet

OperaWire interview with concertmaster Benjamin Bowman about his new job as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, his first experiences with the violin, his teachers and more. Here’s a snippet (full feature here): The biggest challenge is that challenges take many forms, and continue to creep their way in, no matter what. It’s more a matter...
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