Morgan Short

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First Place
Audience Choice
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Morgan Short is a rising star in the harp community. As a top prize winner, she has been awarded eight concerto appearances since 2015; performing the Debussy Dances with the U.S. Navy, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Handel’s Concerto in B flat Major with the Roanoke Youth Symphony, Liberty University Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony, and the Delta Symphony Orchestra.  Recent performances of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto for the 25th Anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival (2017) came as a direct invitation along with the opportunity to perform a solo recital at Watson Hall for UNCSA’s Summer Harp Festival. 

In 2015, Morgan received the Ambassador Middendorf Award from the U.S. Navy. Captain Walden praised Morgan for her “dedication and talent” in the Navy Fanfare Magazine. In the same year, after winning the “Play with the Pros” Concerto Competition at Saratoga Harp Colony, Elizabeth Hainen (Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra) praised Morgan for her “stellar performance” of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto alongside members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at Skidmore College.  

Morgan has performed at notable venues. At age 15, her Carnegie Hall debut as Principal Harpist with Virginia Tech’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, was hosted by the New York International Music Festival. Also, two international harp competitions at the Mora Ferenc Museum, (Szeged, Hungary) and the Galeri Caernarfon, (Wales, UK) awarded her the opportunity to receive an Honorable Mention in a World Music competition and to perform in a documentary about the Third Szeged International Harp Competition on Hungarian Duna TV.  She has also been a featured performer at Arthur Zankel Music Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY for the Saratoga  Harp Colony broadcast on Livestream in 2014 and 2015. 

Additional honors include: Recipient of a 2018 UNCSA Career Development Grant; the 2018 Fayetteville Symphony Harlan Duenow Young Artist’s Award; the 2018 Euterpe Music Club (NFMC) Instrumental Competition Grand Prize Winner; the 2018 Mary Graham Lasley Concerto Competition/Alexandria Symphony awarded Second Prize; 2017 Classics Alive Concert Artist Management Semifinalist, thereby awarded a position in the Young Artist’s Ambassador Program. She is a Tom Kenan Merit Scholar, Alex and Sheila Ewing Scholar, Orchestra Merit Scholar, and a Campus Arts Scholar (2017-2021). Additionally, in 2012 Morgan was awarded Third Prize in the International Young Artist’s Harp Seminar Competition; and in the same year took Second Prize at the American Harp Society, Mid-Atlantic Competition. In 2010, after winning her first orchestral competition, she was a featured performer at the final Gala Concert of (YAHS), a prestigious summer harp festival in Rabun Gap, GA. 

Morgan regularly performs as a freelance harpist in NC and VA. Since age ten her summers have been spent attending summer music camps and orchestral festivals. She will attend EMF in 2018. She has performed in 26 masterclasses with notable harpists: Elizabeth Hainen, Marissa Robles, Judy Loman, Joan Holland, Mieko Inoue, Gillian Sella, Maria Luisa Rayan, Katherine Bride, Julie Smith Phillips, and conductor Cristian Macelaru, and the chamber group Eighth Blackbird, as well as UNCSA professors Kevin Lawrence (Violin) and Ulrich Eichenauer.

Additionally, she volunteers regularly performing at schools, churches, and libraries. Currently, she is in the process of starting a nonprofit organization to elevate the harp as a solo instrument through performances and instruction. 

Morgan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at UNCSA where she studies with Jacquelyn Bartlett and receives additional instruction from Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Principal Harpist of the Atlanta Symphony. Morgan is an active chamber musician receiving weekly coaching and performing with the Chrysalis Music Institute at UNCSA. Morgan is also a certified Suzuki Instructor and enjoys teaching harp. Additionally, she has an active YouTube channel with over 35 videos.