Musicians – Harp
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Vonda Darr has been the principal harpist for the Symphony Orchestra Augusta since 1993, and has been performing regularly with the North Carolina Symphony since 2008. She is a founding member of the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, and began as principal harpist for the Augusta Opera in 1998. She also performs with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (SC), the Hilton Head Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Wilson Symphony.
Vonda began studying the harp at age six with Gladys Hubner in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and played with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies through childhood. She studied with Gretchen Van Hoesen in Pittsburgh while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in harp performance from Geneva College.
She has been a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Wilson Symphony, the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony String Quartet, the University of South Carolina Chamber Orchestra, and the Georgia Southern University Orchestra. Adding variety to her repertoire, Vonda has performed with such diverse artists as LeAnn Rimes, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Wynonna Judd, Art Garfunkel, Doc Severinson, The Four Tops, America, Don McLean, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Marvin Hamlisch. She also appeared in the PBS Christmas special, "Home for the Holidays," with opera singer Jessye Norman, recorded in 1998 in Augusta.
Mrs. Darr has recorded two solo harp CD’s, “Prayers Without Words" and "Hear the Angels: A Christmas Collection." She performs solo and chamber concerts throughout the Southeast and maintains a private harp teaching studio.