Nikki Lemire Guthrie received her performance degrees from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has studied with her mother, Janell Lemire of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Kathy Kienzle of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Elizabeth Cifani of the Lyric Opera Chicago. Since 2010, she has taught at the MacPhail Center for Music –Minneapolis in the Suzuki and Traditional departments and recently began as the harp instructor at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Ms. Guthrie maintains an active performance career with many ensembles in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, and has served as acting principal with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony since 2010, associate principal with the Duluth Superior Symphony since 1999, and as associate principal of the Minnesota Opera since 2009. Most notably, she has performed as principal harp with the Minnesota Opera in their productions of Puccini’s La Boheme and Tosca , Strauss’ Salome , Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights and the debut of the Kevin Puts’ new opera Silent Night . She also performed as harpist in Stephen Sondheim’s A Sunday Afternoon in the Park with George at the Guthrie Theater during summer of 2017. She has been featured on recordings with the Minnesota Opera, the Exultate Chamber Choir and Orchestra, and the National Lutheran Choir, among others. Nikki lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband Kent and daughters Viivi Louise and Thea Marie.