Harpist Jill Justice calls Oklahoma City home. A native of Lubbock, Texas, she began studying harp upon entering Texas Tech University. After graduation, Jill moved to Lawton, Oklahoma, where she taught private harp lessons, taught general music K-12 in a private Christian school, and played harp with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to Oklahoma City, Jill played 10 years with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Enid-Phillips Symphony Orchestra, and again with the Lawton Philharmonic. The Lawton orchestra featured Jill in 1988 for the Debussy Danses Sacree et Profane for harp and orchestra, and again in 1990 for the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp. The Enid group featured her in 1994 on the Ravel Introduction and Allegro.
As an active free-lance player, Jill’s frequent appearances at weddings, business and church banquets, church services, studio recording sessions, state conventions, featured concerts, and at area restaurants, have earned her the reputation of being one of the busiest harpists in the state. Between 1999 and 2001, Jil served as an adjunct instructor of harp for the University of Central Oklahoma and Southern Nazarene University.
In 1987, 1991 and 1992, Jill played harp with the International Christian Embassy orchestra for their Feast of Tabernacles Celebration in Jerusalem, an international gathering of Christian artists, singers, dancers and musicians in support of Israel. They invited her to return for Sept. 1998, when she was a featured soloist on the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto and on some of her own compositions from her album, Sea of Glass. In September 1998, Jill began playing for the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony, the instrumental arm of the Singing Churchmen.
All her musical life, Jill’s primary goal has been to write, perform and publish Christian music for the harp. In 2001, that goal led to three opportunities for Jill to teach seminars on using the harp in church music. The first was for a group of harpists in Arlington, Texas. In April 2001 Jill was one of the faculty for Gail Barber and Louise Trotter’s annual “Harp Fiesta” seminar, held in Lubbock, Texas. In 2002, Jill was honored to be one of the faculty for Lyon and Healy Harp company’s Liturgical Harp Music conference, a national event held on the campus of Notre Dame University in Indiana. As part of that conference, Jill taught four classes and presented one of the featured evening concerts, a program of her own compositions and arrangements.
Many of Jill’s arrangements for harp are in print; interested parties should write to Jill at the P.O. Box below to request a list of those. Please include self-addressed-stamped envelope for the list. In 2001, Jill also started a series of arrangements of contemporary Christian worship tunes for student level harpists, called the Harp Celebration Series.
In 2002 the Central Oklahoma Association of Bell Choir Directors commissioned Jill to arrange a new piece for their convention. This piece, for bells, harp, and percussion, is currently in print andavailable; call or write Jill for more information. The other bellpieces from the two Christmas Celebrations albums are targeted to be in print by the end of the summer, 2005.