LOU ANNE NEILL has been the harpist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since her appointment by Carlo Maria Giulini in 1983. Her activities with the LA Phil have included solo appearances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and on the LA Phil’s Chamber Music series.
Neill is an expert in harp music of the late 20th century and has premiered and recorded many new compositions. She is the co-author of Writing for the Pedal Harp: A Standardized Manual for Composers and Harpists (University of California Press, 1985, Vanderbilt Music, 2006 2nd Edition) and co-producer of To Her Glory: A Tribute to Mother Earth, a five-minute, 35mm-film inspired by the music of George Frideric Handel and shown in film festivals in Ireland, Spain, Italy, and the U.S.
Neill has been a faculty member at UCLA since 1981. She has also been on the faculties of UC Santa Barbara and California Institute of the Arts. Her degrees include a BA and MA in Musicology from UCLA.
In 2006, Lou Anne Neill created The Harp In Our Public Schools Project (ourschoolharp.com). For nine years, a team of dedicated harp teachers have taught the harp to over 400 children in 4 schools in South Los Angeles.