A Minnesota native, Nikki Lemire grew up in Duluth where she studied harp with her mother, Janell Lemire as part of the Suzuki Talent Education Program at the University of MN—Duluth (LSSTEP).  Janell Lemire, principal harpist of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, mentored Nikki’s orchestral study as she performed as substitute principal and second harpist of orchestra. In 2003, she won the DSSO Concerto Competition and soloed with the Duluth Symphony as a featured Young Artist. After her graduation from Duluth East High School in 2003, she began her Bachelor of Music degree at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Nikki studied the harp with Kathy Kienzle, principal harpist of the Minnesota Orchestra.  She has participated in music organizations at the University of Minnesota, and performed as a guest with many professional orchestras and choirs in and around the Twin Cities.  In 2007, Nikki performed the Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp by W.A Mozart as a featured soloist and winner of the Augsburg Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition.

After her graduation from Augsburg College in 2007, Nikki moved to Evanston, IL to study with Elizabeth Cifani, principal harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and instructor at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern University, Nikki performed as principal with the NU Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble and Philharmonia, performed in the NU Opera Orchestra, and studied and performed chamber work with both graduate students and professional artists from the Chicago area. At Northwestern she studied and performed opera works with Ms. Cifani and honed her skills as a vocal accompanist. Nikki completed her Master of Music Performance recital and degree in June of 2008 and returned to the Twin Cities to continue her professional career.

Nikki Lemire is an active freelance performer in the Twin Cities, Fargo and Duluth areas. She performs for both orchestral and private events, including weddings. To contact her about her availability, click here. Nikki is currently teaching at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, in both the Suzuki and traditional departments. Nikki is an accredited Suzuki harp teacher of all four books and she accepts students of all ages.


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