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Harpist & Motivational Speaker

Robbin Gordon-Cartier

Robbin Gordon-Cartier is a teacher in the East Orange School District where she directs the harp program that she originally created for the Elizabeth School District.   She is President of the North Jersey Chapter of the American Harp Society and has  served on the national level as 2nd Vice-President and Director at Large. Robbin continues to be a sought-after presenter of workshops across the country. 


Mrs. Gordon-Cartier maintains a private studio where she teaches students of all ages and regularly freelances in the New York metropolitan area.  Performance credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; the Pablo Casals Music Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the National Symphony Orchestra of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 


She has appeared on several television shows and recordings and at events honoring Lord Guinness, Cicely Tyson and Sir James Galway. Robbin is a Salvi Concert Artist and presented master classes and a concert at the French Ambassador’s residence in Bogota, Columbia for the Salvi Harp Foundation.


Mrs. Gordon-Cartier has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and a Master's in Harp Performance from Montclair State University. As a young harpist, she spent summers in Dublin, Ireland studying at the Royal Irish Academy.  She has been a recipient of numerous educational grants and awards. Robbin has received the 

NAACP Educator Award, the National Action Network Fannie Lou Hamer Award for outstanding contributions and active involvment in the community and most recently, the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy, with the generous support of the Surdna Foundation has selected Robbin to receive a National Artist Teacher Fellowship. The project that won the Fellowship Award was a Mentorship with the Grammy nominated electric harp virtuoso  Deborah Henson-Conant.


Robbin is the inspiration for the book, "Robbin, The Girl Who Didn't Want to Practice." This Early Chapter Book by author, Dorothy W. Carey, is fiction based on Robbin's childhood and answers one of the most frequent questions, "How did you get started playing the harp?" It is available on


Robbin's CD, "Just as I am" is available on CD Baby, Amazon and Itunes.


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