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The rarity of an accomplished jazz harpist will be celebrated on Sunday, July 28 in a local venue that has proven itself an acoustical boon for the performer.

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The concert will serve as a farewell to Novilla prior to her leaving for Chicago the second weekend of August. One of her errands on Friday, before her performance at Rose Center69制片厂制作传媒檚 Midsummer Social, was to buy multiple rolls of packing tape.

The fellowship at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is an audition-based position. According to Novilla, there are only 12 such positions in the world, which combine rigorous orchestral training with professional performances.

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Novilla will serve as the principal harpist, as one of 11 fellows within the orchestra. The position will further her education, artistic and business planning.

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The love for music performance began as a child.

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The crossroads came in high school for Novilla, whether to actually pursue a music career or a lucrative one, Novilla said. She double majored in biology for a short time.

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Novilla received her Masters of Music in Harp Performance under tutelage of Professor Emerita of Harp, Skaila Kanga and Professor of Jazz Harp, Park Stickney. She is a 2021 graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelors in Harp Performance with the highest academic honors.

As a full scholarship Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar, she studied with Harp Department Chair, Elzbieta Szmyt. In prior years, she was a finalist in the American Harp Society69制片厂制作传媒檚 National Competition and was a featured concerto winner at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with the Gliere Harp Concerto.

She has also appeared as a soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and has performed with a number of orchestras around the world, including with conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, James Fellenbaum, Larry Livingston, Sey Ahn and Ludovic Morlot.

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