Denielle Eliason began studying the harp in her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah from Dr. Cathy Clayton. Denielle was part of the inaugural class of students, and subsequently served as a Teaching Assistant for several years at the Arizona Harp Experience, a weeklong intensive study course co-taught by the world renowned classical and jazz harpist Dr. Carrol McLaughlin and Dr. Clayton.
Captivated by the course she pursued and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Harp Performance from Dr. McLaughlin at the University of Arizona where Denielle was recognized as a Presser Scholar and the School of Music’s Outstanding Senior. As an integral member of the U of A’s HarpFusion, the world’s largest touring harp ensemble, Denielle arranged numerous pieces for harp ensemble, helped produce and record two CDs, was instrumental in the behind the scenes management of the group and toured nationally and internationally, from California to China, the Netherlands, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Brazil.
Since 2009 Denielle has served as the Principal Harpist with both the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.