BRIDGETT STUCKEY, Part time Instructor
Bridgett Stuckey studied harp with renowned teachers Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Lilian Phillips at Ball State University where she completed her bachelor’s degree. She has had additional coaching with Lucy Lewis and Edward Druzinsky and attended the Salzedo School in Maine. Currently, Ms. Stuckey serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, Harp Instructor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and since 2010 has been on the faculty of the American Youth Harp Ensemble and Academy of Music in Richmond, Virginia. She currently plays Principal Harp with the Maryland Symphony and has played extra harp with the National Symphony and the Roanoke Symphony. In 2011 and again in 2012 she will be guest artist for the Maryland and Richmond Summer Harp Institutes. Previously, she has served on the faculties of St. Catherine University, University of St. Thomas, and Macalester College (Minnesota) as well as Grace College, Indiana-Purdue University, and Taylor University. (Indiana) She also taught for twelve years at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
Ms. Stuckey held the position of 2nd harp with the Minnesota Orchestra and served for twelve seasons as harpist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She also played Principal Harp for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony. She has performed as Principal or solo harp for the Colorado Philharmonic, Minnesota Opera, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Blue Lake Fine Arts Festival and Camp, Plymouth Music series, Schubert Club, North Star Opera, and the Singing Wilderness Festival. She was a Minnesota State Arts Board Roster Artist and performed on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion radio broadcasts. While still at college, she was a finalist for the American Harp Society Competition. In 2002 Stuckey served as a clinician for the American Harp Society National Conference and in 2003 presented a harp master class for the Suzuki National Convention.
Ms. Stuckey has performed on recordings with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for the Teldec, Virgin Classics, and Reference recording labels. Her concert broadcasts with these orchestras can be heard on MPR and NPR. She also performed on the Grammy award winning CD “The Art of Arlene Auger.” Two holiday CD’s, the Winds of Christmastide and Winds of Christmastide II are in current release. A frequent performer of new music, she has played on the premieres of works by Aaron Kernis, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larson, Peter Schickele, and Enojuhani Rautaavaara.