Judy Loman studied harp with Carlos Salzedo at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, from 1947–56, and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She was his assistant in the Salzedo Harp Ensemble in 1957. That year she moved to Toronto and became the principal harp of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in 1959, and continued in that position until 1991.
Her many appearances as soloist with the TSO have included performances of the Weinzweig Concerto, which was written for her, and of Somers' Suite for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, which she played with the orchestra on its 1965 European tour. The TSO commissioned Schafer's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra for her, and they premiered the work in 1988.
Judy appeared as soloist with the TSO on its 1979 Canadian and US tour, and in 1987 on its tour to northern Canada and the Arctic. She has also appeared as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and CBC Vancouver Orchestra. She has given many recitals and has performed on CBC radio and television, and with the Festival Singers, at the Festival of the Sound, at the Elora and Stratford festivals, and with the York Winds. Robert Turner and John Felice have written works for her, and she premiered Schafer's Crown of Ariadne in 1979 for New Music Concerts, playing both percussion and harp; her recording of the work received a Juno Award as best classical album of 1979, and the Canadian Music Council's Grand Prix du Disque.
Judy gave the premieres of Schafer's Theseus in 1986 with the Orford String Quartet, of Weinzweig's 15 Pieces for Harp in 1986, and of Glen Buhr's award-winning Tanzmusik in 1987 in Pittsburgh as part of the American Harp Society's annual composition competition. Some of Judy’s own arrangements, realizations, and transcriptions of music for harp may be heard on her recordings. She became a member of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, in 1966 (and continued to teach there in 1991) and established a summer school for harpists near Fenelon Falls, Ontario, in 1977. Her pupils have included Gianetta Baril, Nora Bumanis, Sarah Davidson, Erica Goodman, and Elizabeth Volpe.
Judy became a board member of the World Harp Congress in 1985. She adjudicated at the 1985 Israel International Harp Contest, for the American Harp Society's annual harp composition competitions, and at the 1989 USA International Harp Competition.
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