Gaye LeBlanc – classical/pop harp

  • Monday, October 01
    @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Oklahoma Tower
    210 Park Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Professor Gaye LeBlanc, a Texas native, has been building the University of Oklahoma harp department since 1997. Under her leadership, the additions of two new Lyon & Healy concert grand harps were made in 2003 and 2005, thanks to generous donors. The harp program includes a harp ensemble and study of harp orchestral literature and pedagogy.

Ms. LeBlanc has been principal harpist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic since 1996. She has also played principal harp with the Tulsa Opera, Roswell (NM) Symphony, and Lawton Philharmonic, and is currently principal harpist with the Fort Smith (AR) Symphony, where she has played since 2003. LeBlanc is also adjunct harp faculty with Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma, and recently accepted a one-year position on the faculty of the University of North Texas, commuting two days a week. She has been harp faculty with the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (from 1999 to 2004) and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and principal harpist with the OK Mozart Festival.

A tireless and enthusiastic pedagogue, Ms. LeBlanc has been president or vice president of the Oklahoma City Harp Society for five years, organizing student recitals, guest artist appearances, and master classes. Her students have been national competition winners and members of the Tanglewood Institute and Interlochen Fine Arts Camp and Academy.

Before making Oklahoma City her home, Ms. LeBlanc was principal harpist in several ensembles in the Dallas regional area, including the Richardson Symphony, Irving Symphony, Plano Chamber Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Abilene Opera, Turtlecreek Chorale, Dallas Orpheus Chamber Singers, Shreveport (LA) Symphony, and Pine Bluff (AR) Symphony. Ms. LeBlanc was also chosen as principal harpist for a six-week European tour with the North Carolina School of the Arts, giving concerts in six countries. She has recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Singers and the Octavia Harp Ensemble.

Ms. LeBlanc received her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the University of North Texas, where she started her harp studies at the age of twenty with Ellen Ritscher after years of piano, organ, and flute training. She also received her Master of Music in Harp Performance at Southern Methodist University under Susan Pejovich, principal harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. More extensive training consisted of two summers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute under Lucile Lawrence and five summers at the Salzedo School with Alice Chalifoux, principal harpist with the Cleveland Orchestra for forty years.

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