Heidi O'Gara Jellison, professional harpist and harp instructor, holds a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, Texas, where she studied with Paula Page, principal harpist with the Houston Symphony.
Mrs. O'Gara Jellison received her undergraduate degree, also in Harp Performance, from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, where she studied with Alice Chalifoux and Yolanda Kondonassis, both internationally celebrated harpists. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Heidi began studying the harp at the age of nine with Omaha Symphony principal harpist, Mary Walter Bircher.
Mrs. O'Gara Jellison resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she teaches at Trevecca Nazarene University and Allegro School of Music, maintains a studio for private lessons, and freelances throughout Middle Tennessee. She is Principal Harpist with the Roanoke and Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestras, and performs regularly with the Nashville, Knoxville, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras. Mrs. O'Gara Jellison has also played with the Houston Symphony and Omaha Symphony, and various ensembles in Chattanooga, Paducah, and Shreveport.
Heidi recently moved from Virginia, where she was Principal Harpist with the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra; directed the Roanoke Youth Harp Ensemble; was the Harp Instructor at the University of Virginia, Hollins University, and Liberty University; freelanced; and taught private students throughout Central Virginia.
Heidi O'Gara Jellison has toured Europe with the North Carolina School of the Arts International Program, and has attended the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland and Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. For fourteen successive summers, Heidi attended the world-renowned Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine.
Mrs. O'Gara Jellisonis a founding member of the harp duo, The Dynamic Duo.