About Us
Zoe Harbison
violist & educator
Zoe Rosner Harbison is a classically trained violist currently pursuing a masters degree in viola performance at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her bachelors degree in Music Education with a performance certificate in viola from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Zoe, a passionate educator, taught at the USC String Project for four years, which included teaching both violin and viola students ranging from age 8 to 80, teaching second year and beginning strings classes, and conducting student orchestras of multiple levels. Zoe has also taught at and helped organize several summer string camps in Columbia, including the USC String Project Summer Camp and the Beyond the Notes Chamber Music Camp. In Pittsburgh, Zoe is a faculty member of the Lydia Music School, teaching private viola students. As a performer, Zoe has ten years of gigging experience and specializes in performing at weddings and other events with various chamber ensembles or as a soloist. She currently substitutes for many orchestras in the Pittsburgh area, including the Erie Philharmonic, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, where she has been guest principal for several concerts. Zoe recently worked with Opera Project Columbus on their June 2017 performance of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Il Tabarro. Zoe is currently the principal violist for the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic. She is also a jazz vocalist. Zoe loves playing with her two cats, Walnut and Marlo, as well as cooking and exploring new places.

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Rich Harbison
double bassist & educator
Rich Harbison is a classically trained double bassist currently pursuing a masters degree in bass performance at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in the Spring of 2016. Rich also received a Performance Certificate from the University of South Carolina. He is an avid teacher who spent four years teaching at the USC String Project, where he was involved with private lesson instruction as well as large classes for beginning students. While at the University of South Carolina, Rich was also heavily involved with the Double Bass Club of South Carolina and served as Vice President, President, and Treasurer during the course of his studies. As a leading member, he organized and ran three successful Bass Conferences with students from all over the Southeast. This event brought renowned pedagogues and performers to the state and stimulated a sense of community from everyone involved. Rich is very proud of his education accomplishments, and reflections on his educational principals can be found here.

Rich has a wealth of performance experience and had the privilege of playing with the Long Bay Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and a myriad of other fine groups while living in South Carolina. Rich is also actively involved in playing chamber music and has performed as a Double Bass Duo with friend and colleague Joe Gaskins. Their repertoire has included the Bottesini Passione Amarosa and the Dave Anderson Seven Double Bass Duets. In the Spring of 2016, the two traveled to a number of public schools in the Columbia area to perform, and talk about the SC Bass Conference. Rich also has the pleasure of getting to make music with his wife, Zoe and they have performed together a number of times. Now in Pittsburgh, Rich frequently plays with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, where he has been guest Principal Bassist. He has also had the opportunity to work with Resonance Works and NAT 28, both champions of innovative programming and multi-media performances. Rich is assistant principal bassist of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. 

Rich is also loves working with his hands, and this has led to experiences in woodworking and machinery. Through Carnegie Mellon University, he has had access to a full shop where he has taken courses in Furniture Design & Construction under the tutelage of Scott Smith and Jon Holmes. Rich spends much of his free time in this shop expanding his skills and using the university's resources to engage in independent projects. Examples of Rich's work can be seen here.  

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Featured Musicians

Musicians that frequently perform in Harbison Music ensembles.
Bronwyn Hagerty

​cellist

A native of Livermore, California, Bronwyn Hagerty earned her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Puget Sound under the tutelage of David Requiro and Meta Weiss. She has appeared as soloist with the Livermore-Amador Symphony, University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, and Tacoma Youth Chorus, and frequently performs with the symphonies of Tacoma (WA), Westmoreland (PA), and Johnstown (PA). Along the West Coast, she has both participated in and adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, and served as the Assistant Orchestra Teacher at Edgemont Junior High School in Puyallup, WA, during the 2015-16 year. Bronwyn is a passionate advocate for chamber music, musical theatre, and performing new works, in addition to orchestrating and arranging existing ones. Outside of performing, she finds enjoyment in teaching and conducting, and is an active member of the Sigma Alpha Iota women’s music fraternity. Bronwyn is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in cello performance at Carnegie Mellon University under the study of Anne Martindale Williams, and recently assumed the position of String Instructor of the Chatham Music & Arts Day Camp.

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Josh Huang

violinist

From a young age, Ohio native, Joshua Huang, has always been devoted to helping others and finding a way to give back to his community. He is recent graduate of the Dual Degree Program at the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, with degrees in Biology and Violin Performance.

Music has taught Mr. Huang to explore another part of himself and especially advance his abilities in presentation. Described as a “masterful” vocalist by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB), performing with the a cappella group, The YellowJackets the past 5 years (2011-2016) (NBC’s The SingOff, Season 3) has furthered his ability to give back to countless charities, inner city schools, and non-profit organizations including Donate Life America, School 58, and Strong Memorial Hospital. Together, they have had concert tours in New York, Puerto Rico, Spain, England, and Los Angeles. He is also a featured soloist on two of their most recent albums, Fifty Shades of Yellow (2013) and Y2J (2016).

An avid orchestral musician, Mr. Huang has served as concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia, substitutes with the New World Symphony (FL), and currently performs with the Westmoreland (PA) and Canton Symphonies (OH). He was recently appointed principal 2nd violin of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. He was a scholarship recipient of the Three Arts Club in Lakewood in 2011 and 2013 and is a solo status member in the Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, he was a Violin Fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra and was featured as a vocal soloist. He has played for renowned musicians such as Christian Tetzlaff, Cavani Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, and Ying Quartet. His primary instructors include Cyrus Forough, Oleh Krysa, and Jeanette Drinkall-Meyer.

Mr. Huang is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Violin Performance on a full scholarship. Mr. Huang continues to enjoy a vast array of interests in both the arts and the sciences.

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