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Gillian Benet Sella

Instrument: Harp

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College, Master of Music from The Juilliard School and DMA, Diplome de Concertiste from Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, Concert Artist’s Diploma from Royal Conservatory of Toronto

Hometown: Belvedere, California

Current neighborhood: Clifton

Joined the CSO in 1995

Inspirations as a musician: My wonderful CCM students.

Favorite orchestral work: Mahler 5

Favorite thing to do in Cincinnati: Attending performances at CCM and Cincy Shakespeare Company; getting books from the Cincinnati Public Library

Activities Involved outside of the CSO: Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Hobbies: Pilates, and spending time driving my children around to their activities!

Fun Fact: Our youngest son Mischa sang a boy soprano solo with harp for the Bernstein Mass May Festival Concert.

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? By playing music for people who do not get to our concerts at Music Hall. Randy Bowman and I have enjoyed playing concerts for refugee children in 2 different summer camps in Cincinnati.