School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Heaven Fan

Heaven Fan is the instructor of the Harp Camp at Anderson University.

Dr. Heaven Fan's performances have been described by critics as captivating, charming, and virtuosic. She has won competitions in Taiwan and the United States, including the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. She was invited internationally as a featured soloist in the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana, the Festival of Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Fukui Harp Festival in Japan, the Boston Harp Festival, the World Harp Congresses in Czech Republic and Switzerland, the International Harp Festival of Mexico, and with the Qingdao Municipal Opera and Dance Drama Theater Orchestra in China. As an orchestra musician, Dr. Fan has frequently performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and other regional orchestras throughout Central Indiana. In 2016-2017, Dr. Fan performed and taught in China where she also served as Guest Principal Harpist with the Yellow River Symphony Orchestra of China.

Dr. Fan has received her bachelor's degree with highest distinction in both harp and piano from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) in Australia, and her master's degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Music from Indiana University studying with distinguished professor Susann McDonald. As a harp scholar, Dr. Fan is the first person to publish an in-depth analysis on the New Method for the Harp by the early 19th-century English harp virtuoso Elias Parish Alvars, which was published in the 2011 winter issue of the American Harp Journal. Dr. Fan has also been elected as a member to Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, and classified by the US Government as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts.

Founder and professor of the Harp Department at Anderson University and Director of the AU Harp Camp, Dr. Fan is also a member of the artist faculty of the MasterWorks Festival. Her students have won first prizes in national and international competitions and have held principal orchestra positions. In 2017, Dr. Fan served as the advisor for the Central Illinois Roslyn Rensch Chapter's Auditions and Evaluations, a two-part program focusing on the improvement by participating in two events sponsored by the American Harp Society. She has also served on the judging panels for the 2007 National Harp Competition in Taiwan, the 2008 and 2012 Young Artist's Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Individual Artist Program of the Indiana Arts Commission for FY2012, the 2013 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, and the Fourth International Harp Competition in Mexico 2016. Dr. Fan also serves on the Board of Directors of the prestigious USA International Harp Competition.

Heaven Fan, D.M.  |  Harp Faculty
Anderson University  |  The MasterWorks Festival  |