Faculty

Meet the world-class faculty for the Summer Harp Institutes!

 

Claire Jones

Former Royal Harpist, Guest Artist, International Exchange Summer Music Institutes & Tour

Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1985, Claire began her musical education at the age of seven. After excelling at the violin, piano and harp, she graduated as a harpist from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours in 2007 and in 2009 graduated as an M.A. scholar from the Royal Academy of Music.  Claire Jones was one of the first recipients of the Prince of Wales Advanced Study Awards in 2007 and 2008. This award recognised her as one of Wales' most outstanding young talents. In 2007, Claire was appointed Official Harpist to His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, a role she held until 2011, making her the longest serving Royal harpist to date. During this appointment, Claire regularly performed for the Royal Family and their distinguished guests at the Royal Palaces. In April 2011 she performed for the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their wedding reception in Buckingham Palace. In 2008, Claire made her concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and since then has gone on to perform as a soloist with some of the World's leading orchestras.  Claire is passionate about promoting her instrument as well as performing, and regularly visits schools and communities to speak and demonstrate and is the director of the International Harp School based in Wales.  This year will be the inaugural year of the partnership between Summer Harp Institutes based in Richmond, VA with the International Harp School in Wales. 

 

 

Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia

Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia

Artistic Director and Founder, Summer Music Institutes & Tour

Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia is a nationally recognized educator. In 1999 she founded the HARPS Foundation-American Youth Harp Ensemble. Under her leadership, HARPS-AYHE has established and enjoyed an international reputation for musical and educational excellence. In addition, Ms. Ediger-Kordzaia is the founder and director of numerous arts organizations including: the Academy of Music, Central Virginia’s leading classical music school; the Virginia Choristers; the Chamber Music Institute; and the Summer Music Institutes.

Mrs. Ediger-Kordzaia has been an invited presenter/performer at several World Harp Congresses, American Harp Society National Conferences, the International Folk Harp Conference, the International Harp Therapy Conferences and TEDxRVA. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Citation for Excellence in the Arts and has twice been named a “Top Forty Under Forty” by arts and business publications in Virginia. Most recently she was honored with the American Alliance for Performing Arts Educators 5th Annual Del Keiffner Award for Outstanding Arts Educator at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., was finalist for the 2016 Grammy Teacher of the Year Award, the Teresa Pollak prize for “Excellence in the Arts” from Richmond Magazine, was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in Music Education from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the VASTA 2016 Outstanding String Educator award for the state of Virginia, and the 2017 YMCA Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in the Arts. She holds an undergraduate degree in harp performance and a graduate degree in music education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Alice Chalifoux. She also holds a masters degree in arts administration from Goucher College, Dalcroze training from the Juilliard School and has completed doctoral work in music education at Boston University.

Rachel Lee Hall

Guest Faculty, Richmond Summer Harp Institute

A winner of Astral's 2017 National Auditions, Rachel Lee Hall has appeared at the Kimmel Center, Severance Hall, and Lyon & Healy Hall. She is also the winner of the 2013 Lyon & Healy Award, and was awarded top prizes from such competitions as the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Concerto Competition, the Saratoga Harp Colony "Play with the Pros" Competition, and the James Bland Music Contest of the Lions Club. She is also the recipient of the Anne Jett Rogers Award and the Alice Chalifoux Award, and was the 2015 CIM Presser Scholar.

Ms. Hall has performed as orchestral harpist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and has been a fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about advocating for and introducing the harp and classical music to new audiences, Ms. Hall regularly performs in non-traditional spaces such as schools, nursing homes, private homes, marketplaces, and mountain overlooks. She maintains a private harp studio and is also an instructor of eurhythmics, an approach to classical music through movement. Ms. Hall received both a Bachelor and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied harp performance under the tutelage of Yolanda Kondonassis.

 

Aponi Brunson

General Manager and Harp Faculty, Summer Music Institutes

Aponi Brunson is a graduate of the American Youth Harp Ensemble and of University of Mary Washington with degrees in both harp performance and music education. At Mary Washington, Ms. Brunson studied with Jeanne Chalifoux. Ms. Brunson has extensive teaching experience with students who have won international harp competitions, received full scholarships at prestigious conservatories and pursued music as a career. Since 2007 she has served as Assistant Artistic Director of the American Youth Harp Ensemble. As a harpist, Ms. Brunson performs regularly with orchestra, chamber music ensembles and choirs. Equally at home performing classical and jazz, Ms. Brunson brings a wealth of experience and versatility to her teaching. She has performed in venues such as World Harp Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the White House, in the Advent Festival in Austria, the Paris Music Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, and in Milan and Rome, Italy.

 

 

Rebecca Anstine Smith

Guest Faculty, Richmond Summer Harp Institute & International Exchange  Summer Harp Institutes & Tour

Rebecca Anstine Smith graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, with a degree in music and French and received her M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Jeanne Chalifoux.   She spent many summers with Alice Chalifoux, at the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony and also with Lucile Lawrence at the Tanglewood Institute.  After moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Rebecca became the Principal Harpist for the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.  As her family grew, she resigned the position, but continued to teach at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Currently she holds faculty positions at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College and remains in demand as a performer.  Recent guest appearances include The Annapolis Chamber Players, The Third Millenium Ensemble, Cantate Chamber Singers, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and The National Philharmonic.   Rebecca recorded a CD of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with Canon Michael McCarthy at the Washington National Cathedral and also is featured on a CD of music of Carson Cooman, Rising at Dawn.

 

Ian McVoy

Guest Faculty, Maryland Summer Harp Institute

Ian Mcvoy pursued his harp studies first in Virginia and then in North Carolina with Jacquelyn Bartlett of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At age 17, he moved to Paris to attend the École Normale de Musique de Paris where he studied with Isabelle Perrin and received the Diplôme Supérieur d’Éxecution. Following Paris, he moved to Belgium to continue his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and a year later continued on to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. Ian has won numerous international competitions including first prize in the third International Harp Competition in Mexico, and awards in the Concours Léopold Bellan in Paris and the American Harp Society National Competition. He has performed trhoughought the Americas, Asia, and Europe and in venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Paris’s Salle Cortot, the Royal Portuguese Reading Room in Rio de Janeiro, and both the Palacio Nacional and the Palacio del Arzobispado in Mexico City.

Alexander Kordzaia

Chamber Music, Conducting, and Piano

Alexander Kordzaia, a native of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia was, at the age of 24, the youngest conductor appointed to music director of the Georgia State Cappella and assistant conductor of the National Opera, the two most prestigious posts in the nation. Conducting engagements have taken him around the world including appearances throughout the former Soviet Union (Bolshoi Theater, Moscow and Philharmonic Halls, Odessa and St. Petersburg), Europe, Asia and the United States. Since moving to the United States in 1991 and furthering his graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music and Mannes College of Music, he has served as the music director of several orchestras, presently the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and is in demand as a guest conductor.

 

Chris Marshall

Guest Artist, Percussionist and Composer, International Exchange Summer Music Institute Tour

Cardiff born Chris Marshall graduated from Trinity College of Music with a BMus(hons) degree in 2003. Since then he has travelled extensively performing and composing internationally. Performing credits include the BBC symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, London Mozart Players, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Chris has also worked on many productions in London's Westend and International touring show, these include; We Will Rock You, Wizard of Oz, Zorro, West Side Story, Evita, and Elf the Musical. Chris has a passion for playing instruments from all around the world, and it has resulted in seeing him perform on recording sessions for TV and film. He also performs as part of C2 duet with his wife, and former Official Harpist to HRH Prince Charles - Claire Jones. This unique duo has travelled extensively throughout the UK and in the USA. Chris balances his performance schedule with a flourishing career as a composer and arranger. His growing portfolio of compositions, includes the music for Heartstrings which was recorded for Classic FM/Decca in 2012 and was featured on Claire Jones’ album - Girl With The Golden Harp which reached number 3 in the classical charts. Recently, Chris has composed Bluestone and arranged many tracks on Claire’s latest chart topping album Journey. In addition, Chris has composed music for TV adverts including a track for Clogau, shown internationally, and for ‘Fishermans Friends’ currently shown in the USA. At the moment, he is working on his first film and TV series with Capture Studios in the USA along- side producing and arranging a new album with the Portuguese singer, Yolanda Soares. www.cmmusic.co.uk @cmcomposer www.facebook.com/ChrisMarshall

 

Bridgett Stuckey

Guest Faculty, Maryland Summer Harp Institute

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. Ms. Stuckey has had an illustrious career as an orchestral musician serving for twelve seasons as harpist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as holding positions as of Principal Harp for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony, 2nd harp with the Minnesota Orchestra, extra harp with the National Symphony and Roanoke Symphony. In addition to her current position as Principal Harp with the Maryland 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. Currently, Ms. Stuckey serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. She 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.