Dr. Brandwein is delighted to be on the faculty at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, and perform as principal harpist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Her areas of focus are teaching, performing, and composition. She has earned degrees from the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, Stony Brook University, and also studied harp in France for one year. At her doctoral commencement, Dr. Brandwein was awarded the prestigious Ackerman Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies for demonstrating excellence in performance, pedagogy, and composition.
Among Dr. Brandwein's accomplishments are top prizes in several regional and national solo competitions sponsored by the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association. In 2005 she was an invited soloist on the Focus on Youth program presented at the Ninth World Harp Congress held in Dublin, Ireland, and in 2008 she toured China with the Juilliard Orchestra.
As an avid composer, Dr. Brandwein has performed her works for both solo harp and ensemble, notably at Stony Brook University as part of the Composer Concert Recital Series and Chamber Music Series, on the Composers Concert at The Juilliard School, at the University of Michigan, and at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she has served on the harp faculty for the past several summers. She has given master classes and performances at the University of Michigan, for The Juilliard School Pre-College harp program, and for the Arizona State University harp studio, among others. Dr. Brandwein is dedicated to helping each student realize his potential for personal and professional growth.