Elaine Humphreys Cook

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  • The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra - Principal Harpist
  • Louisville Orchestra - Second Harpist
  • University of Kentucky – Harp Instructor
  • Bellarmine University – Harp Instructor
  • Lexington Talent Education Association – Harp & Violin Teacher

Education & Degrees:

  • Master of Music Degree in Harp Performance & Pedagogy - San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Degree in Harp Performance – University of Cincinnati/Conservatory of Music
  • Registered teacher training courses in harp & violin - Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.


  • American Harp Society
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
  • American Federation of Musicians

Volunteer entertainment for under served assisted living centers

ELAINE HUMPHREYS COOK is principal harpist with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and second harpist with the Louisville Orchestra. She has played with the Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Berkeley Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. As acting principal harp with the Louisville Orchestra for three years, she performed at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.

Ms. Cook teaches at Bellarmine University in Louisville, University of Kentucky and Talent Education Association in Lexington and appears on the Pro Organo label with the Christ Church Girls Choir in Dancing Day by John Rutter and A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Her family has made its way in music for generations: composers, music critics, symphony members of orchestras in Louisville, Detroit and Cincinnati. Her great-grandfather was principal cellist in a Vienna based orchestra directed by Edward Strauss.

In a Harp & Baritone Duo with her husband, Elaine and Dan Cook have presented recitals in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. They have been awarded Community Arts Development Grants from the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council to present programs of "Light Classical and Sentimental Songs" for under served assisted living centers. 

Lexington Philharmonic Summer Study Grant (2010 & 1998), Community Arts Development Grants from Lexington Arts & Cultural Commission – 2000 & 2002 to present Program of Light Classical and Sentimental Songs in a Harp & Baritone Duo with Dan Cook; 2003 outreach programs to promote attendance for the Kentucky Horse Park “All the Queen’s Horses” exhibit.

Created 07/14/2021
Last Updated 02/24/2022