Harpist and five other Queens students to perform with Charlotte band

Amanda Rose, a music therapy student at Queens, will perform with the Charlotte Concert Band on Feb. 21. Sarai Hayes

Amanda Rose, a music therapy student at Queens, will perform with the Charlotte Concert Band on Feb. 21.

Queens freshman Amanda Rose received her first harp at age 10, when a man who learned that she had been in Hurricane Katrina gave his recently deceased wife’s harp to her. Today, she’s a music therapy student and harpist with the Charlotte Concert Band.

“My mom always said if she ever had a daughter that she would be a harpist,” said Rose. “So, here I am.”

But that does not mean that her musical talents end there.

Rose grew up playing the violin. But then her mom signed her up for private harp lessons, hoping that the dream of her daughter becoming a harpist would soon become a reality. From private lessons to harp camps, Rose continued to surprise.

Angels tend to be associated with such an instrument. And with her soft demeanor and gentle tone—and not to mention the fact that she has been playing the harp for seven years—she might be as close as it gets to such a heavenly being.

But Rose’s musical interest is more than just a hobby.

“I want to be a musical therapist, so I am learning to play the guitar and piano now,” she said, admitting that she’s still learning the other instruments right now and has far from perfected her skills.

“I plan to go into geriatrics and definitely play my harp, but not everywhere since it is so big and not easy to get around,” she said.

Although it takes two people to lug her 85-pound instrument wherever necessary, she is in love with the harp and the music it produces, she said.

Rose, along with five other Queens students—and other members of the Charlotte community—will be playing in the Charlotte Concert Band on Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium.

The concert is free to the public, and Rose said she encourages Queens students to attend.

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