Michelle is an award winning harpist who specializes in jazz performance and holds degrees from Berklee College of Music as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Her approach to the harp is innovative and modern, but she still honors the classical tradition and ancient celtic traditions of the instrument.
She began to study the harp around the age of 9 years old. This grew into a huge love for the instrument and in high school she decided to focus mostly on the harp and music. She was admitted into the famous Berklee College of Music with the aide of a scholarship from the school. While at Berklee, she was introduced to students and musicians from all over the world. She was also introduced to jazz and to the full potential of the harp. While in the UK she recorded a personal EP and recorded harp for an up and coming hip hop group (the recording took place at Charlotte Churches’ home studio!)
Since relocating to her hometown of Cary, NC in 2015, she has enjoyed watching her career unfold. Michelle is an artist in residence at Duke University and Duke Regional Hospitals during the week. She also teaches private harp and piano lessons in the afternoons. Michelle was a quarter finalist for the Dutch International Harp Competition and a first prize winner for the Scottish Harp Society of America’s competition. She has performed for countless weddings and other special occasions, but the highlight of her career so far has been performing for Lyon & Healy’s Harptacular opening concert!