Elizabeth Richter has enjoyed a distinguished career as both a performer and teacher. Formerly principal harpist with the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Kansas City Lyric Opera, she has performed across the United States and Europe. She was a founding member of the Aeolian Trio, the resident flute, viola and harp trio at Ball State University, and is a past winner of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission.
Richter earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in harp performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts. She pursued further musical studies at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West and the Salzedo Harp School in Camden, Maine.
She has served as Professor of Harp at Ball State University since 1982 and is a past recipient of the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award. Her students have been consistent competition winners and have won positions with many orchestras and universities. She has conducted master classes at universities and festivals in London and in the U.S. In the summer, she performs and teaches at the Midwest Harp Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Richter formerly served as First Vice-President of the American Harp Society and as director of the Society’s Concert Artist Program, and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the American Harp Journal.