Instructor, Harp

Jaclyn Wappel, Professor of Harp at James Madison University, Washington and Lee University, and Southern Virginia University, is an experienced performer, instructor, and published scholar with national and international performance experience in numerous orchestra, opera, chamber, and solo performance settings. Awards include First Prize in the Top Division of the Midwest Solo Harp Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a full scholarship from the Tuscia Opera Festival to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in Rome and Viterbo, Italy, and a performance in Carnegie Hall with the Purdue University Wind Ensemble. She has held the position of Principal Harp for numerous ensembles, including: the Williamsburg Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony, Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, and more. Most recently she has joined the Editorial Board of the American Harp Society as well as presented a lecture recital on the Concerto for Harp and American Gamelan by Bill Alves at the American Harp Society National Conference in Redlands, California.

Jaclyn served as Adjunct Professor of Harp at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and taught and assisted the World Music courses in 2015. At Ball State University she maintained an active private harp studio of college and pre-college harp students. Later that year, Jaclyn moved to Wanchai, Hong Kong where she served as harp instructor and harp ensemble director at Harp Services (HK) Ltd. Jaclyn earned the Doctor of Arts degree, with a primary emphasis in Harp Performance and secondary emphasis in Musical Historical Ethnography, from Ball State University, where she also completed a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance, studying with Elizabeth Richter.

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