Mrs. Coffey graduated from the Cleveland institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University with a BM in Harp Performance,
(with Alice Chalifoux) in 1982 and a BA from the Case Western Reserve University.
As a professional harpist, she was principle harpist with the Allentown Symphony and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia for 13 years 2nd harpist with the Binghamton Symphony (NY), the Albany Symphony, and the Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C), and have performed with many other orchestras including the Bermuda Philharmonic, the Delaware Symphony, the Ocean City Pops, and the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. For years, she performed throughout the tri-state area and Florida with Linos, a Harp and Flute Duo, and as a freelance harpist.
Mrs. Coffey taught in the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Catholic Schools, Immaculata University, and at Settlement Music School and currently provides harp lessons at RAA and in her private studio. She has been directing the RAA First Friday choir since 2011 , taught math to grades K – 2, (1st grade math at RAA in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011), and 6th grade through Algebra 1 (while homeschooling).
With both math and music, I love working with children and seeing how their minds come alive as they learn new concepts and ideas. Throughout my life, music and math have always been fundamentally related, having been raised by a mother who was passionate about music (especially harps) and a father who was a Mechanical Engineer, musician, artist, poet, and part time philosopher!