Meet the world-class faculty for the Summer Harp Institutes!


Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia

Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia

Artistic Director and Founder, Summer Music Institutes & Tour

Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia is a nationally recognized educator. In 1999 she founded the HARPS Foundation-American Youth Harp Ensemble. Under her leadership, HARPS-AYHE has established and enjoyed an international reputation for musical and educational excellence. In addition, Ms. Ediger-Kordzaia is the founder and director of numerous arts organizations including: the Academy of Music, Central Virginia’s leading classical music school; the Virginia Choristers; the Chamber Music Institute; and the Summer Music Institutes.

Mrs. Ediger-Kordzaia has been an invited presenter/performer at several World Harp Congresses, American Harp Society National Conferences, the International Folk Harp Conference, the International Harp Therapy Conferences and TEDxRVA. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Citation for Excellence in the Arts and has twice been named a “Top Forty Under Forty” by arts and business publications in Virginia. Most recently she was honored with the American Alliance for Performing Arts Educators 5th Annual Del Keiffner Award for Outstanding Arts Educator at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., was finalist for the 2016 Grammy Teacher of the Year Award, the Teresa Pollak prize for “Excellence in the Arts” from Richmond Magazine, was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in Music Education from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the VASTA 2016 Outstanding String Educator award for the state of Virginia, and the 2017 YMCA Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in the Arts. She holds an undergraduate degree in harp performance and a graduate degree in music education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Alice Chalifoux. She also holds a masters degree in arts administration from Goucher College, Dalcroze training from the Juilliard School and has completed doctoral work in music education at Boston University.



Aponi Brunson

General Manager and Harp Faculty, Summer Music Institutes

Aponi Brunson is a graduate of the American Youth Harp Ensemble and of University of Mary Washington with degrees in both harp performance and music education. At Mary Washington, Ms. Brunson studied with Jeanne Chalifoux. Ms. Brunson has extensive teaching experience with students who have won international harp competitions, received full scholarships at prestigious conservatories and pursued music as a career. Since 2007 she has served as Assistant Artistic Director of the American Youth Harp Ensemble. As a harpist, Ms. Brunson performs regularly with orchestra, chamber music ensembles and choirs. Equally at home performing classical and jazz, Ms. Brunson brings a wealth of experience and versatility to her teaching. She has performed in venues such as World Harp Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the White House, in the Advent Festival in Austria, the Paris Music Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, and in Milan and Rome, Italy.


Alexander Kordzaia

Chamber Music, Conducting, and Piano

Alexander Kordzaia, a native of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia was, at the age of 24, the youngest conductor appointed to music director of the Georgia State Cappella and assistant conductor of the National Opera, the two most prestigious posts in the nation. Conducting engagements have taken him around the world including appearances throughout the former Soviet Union (Bolshoi Theater, Moscow and Philharmonic Halls, Odessa and St. Petersburg), Europe, Asia and the United States. Since moving to the United States in 1991 and furthering his graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music and Mannes College of Music, he has served as the music director of several orchestras, presently the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and is in demand as a guest conductor.