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Music has played a major part in Maggie’s life since her first piano lesson at the age of five. Shortly after these first experiences, she decided that her goal in life would be to learn to play every instrument. To this end, she has continued to seek out new instruments to learn. Throughout middle and high school, Maggie spent her time in the band department, developing a talent and competence in French Horn, Mellophone, Bass Guitar/Piano (Jazz Ensemble), and serving as Drum Major of the annually competitive Spirit of Twin Lakes Marching Band. She continued taking piano lessons and pursuing experiences with an understanding of various instruments including the banjo (for a bit of fun), even as her primary focus turned to the harp.

While traveling with her family, Maggie visited the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN where they first experienced Lloyd Lindroth’s nightly harp performances set to the magical backdrop of a spectacular fountain and light show. It was these performances that first gave Maggie’s mother the idea that her daughter should add the harp to her growing list of instruments.

Unbeknownst to Maggie – who, until the age of eighteen, grew up and lived in the small town of Monticello, IN – providence had placed her just a few hours from one of the most prestigious music schools and harp academies in the world! After completing her degrees at Indiana University, she remained in Indiana for a year before joining the rest of her family in relocating to Huntsville, AL. After a year and a half in Alabama, she met her husband Adam – a native of Spring Hill, TN – and established herself as a professional musician in the Middle Tennessee area. While her husband’s career has moved their household and Maggie’s teaching studio to Canton GA, she still performs regularly in Tennessee and Northern Alabama.

Maggie began learning the harp as a step towards her goal of learning every musical instrument. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the unique qualities and versatility of the instrument, quickly deciding to make it her primary instrument and focus. She first began studying with harpist Marie Kidd, before advancing to tutelage under the renowned pedagogue, Elzbieta Szmyt at Indiana University. Maggie then joined the Indiana University Harp Department and began studies with Distinguished Professor and world-renowned harpist Susann McDonald.

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music boasts the largest and most prestigious harp department in the world. At IU, Maggie completed her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance, Master of Music in Harp Performance (with a cognate in Instrumental Conducting), and a Performer Diploma (a graduate level diploma) in Harp Performance. During graduate school, Maggie served as an Associate Instructor in the IU Harp Department, caring for the school’s harps while teaching private lessons and classes on basic harp maintenance.

During Maggie’s nine years at Indiana University, she was privileged to receive extensive experience in large and small ensembles, performing with orchestras and wind ensembles, choral and chamber ensembles, harp ensemble and solo performance. She also cultivated considerable experience with new and contemporary music, traveling and performing with the IU New Music Ensemble for several semesters and in dozens of new composition student recitals and debuts. The prestigious reputation of the university allowed Maggie the inestimably valuable experience of performing under the instruction of world class conductors while also participating in masterclasses featuring internationally acclaimed conductors and performers.

While in high school, Maggie performed as the Principal Harpist with the Indiana All-State Honor Band, having been awarded the position in four consecutive years after competitive auditions. Performing with the All-State Honor Band is one of the highest honors awarded to high school age musicians in the state and the experience introduced Maggie the exhilaration of performing on harp with a large ensemble. In 2001, the Guest Conductor of the Honor Band was the (now retired) Chairman of the Indiana University School of Music Department of Bands. Impressed with her performance and professionalism, he encouraged her to consider auditioning for admittance to the prestigious Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music Harp Department. It was a recommendation letter from this same man that put Maggie on her path to the university.

During her time at IU, Maggie performed with top university orchestras and ensembles, as well as leading and performing with small harp ensembles. Notable performances include performing as featured harpist for the Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy”, Berio’s “Folk Songs”, and the Martin “Petite Symphonie Concertante”. Notable opera performances include acting as Principal Harpist for Strauss’ Arabella and Puccini’s famous operas La Boheme and Gianni Schicchi. After completing her studies at IU, Maggie was asked twice to return for performances with major IU ensembles, a testament to her dependable and professional reputation.

In the Midwest, Maggie performed often with professional orchestras and ensembles for over 10 years. This included extensive Principal Harp performances with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Bloomington Camerata, Evansville Philharmonic, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Bach Chorale Singers, Quarryland Men’s Chorus, as well as several other regional orchestras and ensembles. Since moving south, Maggie has continued performing with professional ensembles in the Tenneessee Valley area. Recent performances include performances with the Bryan Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony, Schola Pacis of Nashville, and performances at Belmont University. In 2015, Maggie performed in the debut concert of Intersection, an acclaimed contemporary music ensemble in Nashville. She is also a substitute harpist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Maggie has been performing as a soloist almost as long as she has been playing the harp. In addition to almost two decades of experience playing for weddings and events, she often performs solo concerts and recitals. Throughout college, she performed solo recitals once a year as well as performing her advanced repertoire in preview recitals around the Midwest. She has been engaged to perform solo concerts and as a featured soloist for a variety of organizations and venues, including recurring performances for several annual Arts Festivals in the Midwest and the South.

Almost two decades of public performances has given Maggie experience with nearly every type of event imaginable: from weddings and anniversaries, birthdays and funerals, to corporate luncheons and banquets, church services and fashion shows, and everything in between. Maggie’s extensive repertoire of classical, popular, Celtic, religious, jazz, and holiday music can provide the perfect finishing touch for any event whether as background music or as a featured performer.

During the Summer of 2009, Maggie completed an internship at the Lyon & Healy harp factory in Chicago. While there, she was trained in harp regulation, as well as basic repair and maintenance of pedal and lever harps. As part of her Associate Instructor position at Indiana University, she was in charge of the care and maintenance of the university’s 14 concert grand pedal harps. The extensive use and transport of the school harps kept Maggie busy daily fixing buzzes, changing pedal felts, regulation, and other basic care.

Maggie is available for regulation and basic maintenance for pedal and lever harps. This includes string changes, pedal felt replacement, buzz detection and correction, pedal rod replacement, lever adjustment, and other basic repairs. She can also help with returning an old or unused harp back to playable condition.

a39__70310_1464189333_1280_1280Maggie has been a music engraver and typesetter for over a decade, having worked on publications for a wide variety of composers and arrangers for all types of instruments. She has over 20 years of experience with the Finale software, taking handwritten and heavily edited music from the early stages to its final form, ready to be printed for publication. Her typesetting work has been printed by publishers around the world and is something that she greatly enjoys when not teaching or performing.

An avid arranger herself, Maggie is creating new arrangements for the harp almost weekly. From transcriptions of traditional classical piano pieces to modern rock, popular, and movie and video game themes, she has made dozens of arrangements for both her personal use and for fellow harpists and students. Her first published transcription, Isaac Albeniz’s “Mallorca” is available for purchase from Vanderbilt Music Co. and was featured in Harp Column magazine. She also recorded a solo album of several of her hymn arrangements in 2016, available through the PUBLICATIONS page.

After graduation, Maggie was asked to perform on an Indiana University faculty holiday album and concert. Her arrangement of “Greensleeves” for harp duet is featured on the Holiday Celebration CD, available through CD Baby and on iTunes. She plans to begin publishing more of her arrangements in the near future and become more involved in self-publishing and distribution.

Maggie first began teaching private lessons during college, teaching young students in Indiana University’s large Pre-College Harp program and college-age elective harp students. During the latter years of her studies, teaching several full-time students became a staple of her weekly schedule and sometimes included teaching undergraduate harp majors when the professors were away. Several students would request Maggie as their teacher when their regular teachers were unavailable.

Building on her enthusiasm and growing love of instruction, Maggie began teaching private harp lessons to students of all levels outside of the university despite an already hectic schedule of work, course studies, and a roster of university-based students. When she decided to relocate to Alabama, Maggie was sad to leave her students behind in Indiana, but made sure to place them all with fantastic harp teachers to take over their instruction. Once in the south, Maggie quickly reestablished her private harp and piano studio with a wide variety of new students.

For now, her studio in north Cumming is continuing to grow quickly, with new piano and harp students beginning every few weeks. Maggie works to tailor lessons and curriculum to each individual student, focusing on each student’s goals and aspirations for their instrument, rather than assigning music at random or working straight through a single book or series. She strives to make sure that each student looks forward to and enjoys their lessons, while still progressing musically and developing the fundamentals of both theory and practical performance habits. All of Maggie’s students are encouraged (but not required) to participate in periodic Student Recitals, giving them not only the chance to perform in front of others, but to see other students of similar and varying ages and levels perform.

Outside of her private students, Maggie has been asked to teach at events for students from a variety of experiences and backgrounds.  In early 2018, she served as adjudicator for the Georgia Chapter of the American Harp Society’s Auditions and Evaluations.  Students came on two dates to perform for Maggie, receive critique, and return several weeks later to receive further feedback on how they had improved from their first performances.  In the Summers of 2018 and 2019, Maggie was a guest instructor for the Adult Harp Retreat, where adult students from all walks of life gathered in the north Georgia mountains for a week of playing and studying the harp. She also serves each summer as an assistant instructor for the Summer Harp Academy, a camp for young harpists through college-age. In January 2019, Maggie was appointed as faculty in the University of North Georgia Music Department.

For more information on Maggie’s teaching, or to inquire about lessons, please visit the Lessons page.