James Madison University School of Music

Harp

GRACE BAUSON, Part time Instructor

Dr. Grace Bauson has extensive experience as a soloist, teacher and ensemble player. In addition to performing as faculty with the American Youth Harp Ensemble in venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Kennedy Center, she has been a featured soloist at the Chautauqua Music Festival, with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, as winner of the Ball State University Graduate Concerto Competition and in chamber music series in the United States and Canada. Grace has placed nationally and internationally as fourth place winner in the Anne Adams National Harp Competition, a national finalist for a Fulbright Award and semifinalist in the William C. Byrd International String Competition.

As an instructor, Grace has taught a variety of students of all levels, from beginners to university harp majors. Her students have successfully advanced to the top ensemble of the American Youth Harp Ensemble and have performed in numerous national and international tours to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Vienna, Austria, among others. Her current faculty positions include James Madison University, the University of Mary Washington, Washington and Lee University, Southern Virginia University, and the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program.

Grace began harp study at the age of nine under Elizabeth Richter, with whom she continued her undergraduate education at Ball State. The recipient of a National Merit Scholarship and a Young Artist Award, she graduated magna cum laude from Ball State with a Bachelor of Music in harp performance. Under a Fellowship to study with renowned harpist Judy Loman at the University of Toronto, Grace received her Master of Music degree. Her instructors have also included Adelheid Blovsky-Miller at the University of Vienna and the legendary Lucile Lawrence at Tanglewood. Grace completed her Doctor of Arts in Music under Ms. Richter at Ball State University. Her scholarly research focused on contemporary compositions for harp by Canadian composers.

Email: bausonga@jmu.edu
Office: 540-568-5806