Heidi O’Gara Jellison – Christmas Harp – Elegant Expressions of Christmas with Celtic & Concert Harps (2007)

FrontCover1.jpgHeidi O’Gara Jellison is one of the foremost harpists in Middle, her musical prowess apparent whether a featured soloist or a background performer. Heidi is a full-time professional harpist, her focus dedicated to her performing and teaching career. Her singular focus on a harp career sets her apart as a devoted, attentive professional who prides herself on proper preparation for every performance, and a willingness to tailor each event to her client’s specific wishes.

Heidi possesses a vast array of experience, ranging from performances as a featured artist to providing background music at a client’s special event. She specializes in wedding ceremonies and receptions, prenuptial dinners, bridal showers, corporate events, holiday get-togethers, cocktail parties…any special occasion that would be enhanced by lovely harp music!

Heidi O’Gara Jellison 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.

O'Gara03.jpgHeidi resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she teaches at Trevecca Nazarene University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Free Will Baptist Bible College, maintains a studio for private lessons, directs the Music City Harp Ensemble, and freelances throughout Middle Tennessee. She is Principal Harpist Tennessee Philharmonic, and performs regularly with the Nashville and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras. Mrs. O’Gara Jellison has also played with the Houston Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Omaha Symphony. Heidi was Principal Harpist with the Roanoke Symphony, Bowling Green Symphony, Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra; directed the Roanoke Youth Harp Ensemble; was the Harp Instructor at the University of Virginia, Hollins University, and Liberty University.

During the summer, Heidi O’Gara Jellison can be found in the mountains of Virginia at the Wintergreen Music Festival. She has also 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. Heidi founded Music City Harp Ensemble in 2005, and ensemble for students ages 8 to adults of all ages. (harpgigs.com)

And here´s her beautiful Christmas album …a harp, soft and gentle … sounds like peace on earth! And this is the most important Christmas message !

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Personnel:
Heidi O’Gara Jellison (harp)

Tracklist:
01. Ding! Dong! Merrily on High 2.02
02. The First Noel 3.05
03. O Christmas Tree 2.59
04. O Come All Ye Faithful 2.49
05. Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella 1.47
06. We Three Kings of Orient Are 4.45
07. O Thou Joyful 1.29
08. The Huron Carol 2.23
09. Christians Awake!
10. Fum, Fum, Fum 1.41
11. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 2.17
12. Silent Night 3.00
13. Jesu Bambino 2.56
14. Pat-a-Pan 1.50
15. On This Day, Earth Shall Ring 2.47
16. Shepherds Left Their Flocks A-Straying 1.59
17. Brightest And Best 2.31

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