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The harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett was born in Detroit, Michigan. She began her musical studies at an early age with her mother, Mary Bartlett, a noted harpist, arranger, composer and teacher. After studies with world-renowned harpists, Carlos Salzedo and Alice Chalifoux, Jacquelyn Bartlett, at the age of sixteen, made her solo début in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall in a performance of the Handel Harp Concerto, which received high critical praise. She graduated with honors from Interlochen Arts Academy and then attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she majored in harp and minored in piano. Her harp teachers also include Lucy Lewis, Lucille Lawrence and Susann McDonald. Subsequently she was invited to perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony, working with some of the world’s most distinguished conductors such as Eugene Ormandy, Sixten Ehrling, Sergiu Commissiona, Aaron Copland, James Paul, Izler Solomon, and Pierre Boulez.

Having toured America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, she has also appeared frequently at American Harp Society Conferences and the World Harp Congress as a speaker and a performer. She has served on the faculties of Duke University and the University of North Carolina, and currently is a member of the Artist Faculties of UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina School of the Arts and Appalachian State University, with an additional private studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is much sought after as a teacher and coach and her students have garnered top prizes at national competitions and have been featured in Europe at the World Harp Congress and on Christopher O’Reilly’s National Public Radio Show, From the Top.

A champion of chamber music, she continues to work with today’s composers to bring new compositions to the concert stage. For ten years, she was the Founder and Artistic Director of SummerMusic, a chamber music festival in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. She has also written and published articles in professional journals, has edited music for publication and is a recorded artist on the Albany and Naxos labels.

Role: Classical Artist 
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