Harpist Angelica Hairston is known for her fiery performances and her passion for social change. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Hairston currently serves as the Harp Teacher with the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, a nonprofit organization that provides free harp instruction to over 100 students in Atlanta’s inner-city. She holds a Master of Music Industry Leadership from Northeastern University as a 2015 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship. Hairston studied with world renowned harpist Judy Loman at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario, where she received a Harp Performance Diploma, in addition to a Bachelor of Music from Thompson River University. She was a member of the highly-selective Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program for six years (2006-2011), where she was a student of ASO principal harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Angelica has attended summer music programs at the National Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Saratoga Harp Colony, International Harp Academy of the Pacific in Powell River B.C. and the Judith Liber Harp Masterclass in Lake Como, Italy. She has performed concertos with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony, and the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra. As a dedicated performer, teacher, and diversity advocate, Ms. Hairston has a deep interest in creating platforms that celebrate underrepresented segments of society in the performing arts. She continues to present concerts and programs that reflect the diversity of local communities both on stage and in concert audiences.
Harpist Lauren Hayes has performed, studied and successfully competed from Paris to Los Angeles. Following her 2012 Carnegie Hall solo debut, Ms. Hayes was awarded third prize in the 2013 American Harp Society National Competition. Most recently, she completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with distinction with a Master of Art’s degree in harp, and is currently a full time harp teacher, teaching for the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble in Atlanta, GA. In 2015 she was named as a finalist in the London Philharmonic’s “Foyle Future Firsts” Fellowship Program for up and coming orchestral musicians. Prior to commencing her studies at RAM, she was selected to participate in the festival MusicAlp in Tignes, France for two summers. As a 2012 winner of the University of Arizona President’s Competition, Ms. Hayes appeared as soloist with the Arizona Symphony. Also in 2012, Ms. Hayes was selected to be a participant at the International Harp Master’s Academy in Bern, Switzerland. During 2011, she was selected as a finalist in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition. Originally from Whitewater, Wisconsin, Ms. Hayes has won various performance awards and received recognition at the state and national level for her solo composition for harp and electronics. Ms. Hayes has performed with London’s Orion Symphony Orchestra, the Aldwych Sinfonia, the Saffron Walden Symphony, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony, the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble (contemporary music ensemble), the Arizona Symphony, the Arizona Wind Ensemble, the Arizona Opera, and the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. Hayes is also an active chamber musician, being featured on the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Chamber Music Series in Wisconsin and has given several USA premieres of new contemporary works by Dominic Murcott and JP Merz. Ms. Hayes studied extensively with Ms. Isabelle Perrin in Paris and has also studied from such internationally acclaimed harpists as Milda Agazarian, Skaila Kanga, Karen Vaughan, Sarah Bullen, and Judy Loman. In addition to performing, she has completed two years as the intern for the London Festival of Baroque Music, working in marketing, PR, Ms. Hayes has been an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Mortar Board Senior Honorary, American Harp Society and the World Harp Congress.