Praised for her “superb technical acumen and sensitive musicality” (South Florida Classical Review) and “astounding skill on the harp” (The People’s Critic), Grace Browning has established herself as a prominent orchestral harpist, avid soloist, and passionate advocate of community outreach. A recent alumna of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Grace is currently enjoying her second season as principal harpist of The Dallas Opera. She is thrilled to begin her first season as principal harpist of the Santa Fe Opera in June 2016, where she will perform in the summers.
Currently based in Dallas, Grace not only performs with the Dallas Opera but also appears regularly with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with many other professional orchestras including the Houston Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra during Tanglewood on Parade, and the Lansing (MI) Symphony as principal harpist for the 2008-2009 season. Over the last ten years, Grace has enjoyed participating in several summer festivals around the world including the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto USA Festival, Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and National Orchestral Institute.
Some of Grace’s most notable solo appearances have included concerto performances with the Pacific Symphony in 2016, New World Symphony in 2015 and 2011, National Repertory Orchestra in 2009, and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in 2007. In March of 2015, Grace won the gold medal of the winds, brass, harp, guitar, and percussion division of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition and was subsequently the featured soloist of the 2015 YTA Gala. As a recitalist, she hosted and performed two interactive recitals at the New World Center entitled “Bach: Reinvented” and “The Harp through Space and Time” in 2014.
Grace is also a dedicated harp pedagogue and outreach activist. She started the harp program at the Dallas Suzuki Academy in the fall of 2014 and currently maintains a steadily growing private studio. This year she was the featured adjudicator for the American Harp Society Auditions and Evaluations where she coached up to 20 students from the ages of 6 through 18 from the DFW metroplex. While in New York City, she was the harp instructor at Turtle Bay Music School from 2009 to 2011. She has also presented countless interactive performances at various schools throughout the Miami-Dade School District as a leader of the New World Symphony Community Engagement Committee from 2011 to 2014.
Grace studied under the tutelage of Nancy Allen while pursuing her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2011, following two years at the University of Michigan (B.M.), and two years at the Eastman School of Music. Her other teachers include Elizabeth Blakeslee, Kathleen Bride, Elizabeth Hainen, Joan Holland, Anneleen Lenaerts, Gillian Benet Sella, and Jessica Zhou. Her major teaching artist mentor is Dr. David Wallace, a former Senior Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic and faculty member at The Juilliard School.