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PROFESSIONAL HARPIST LEAH MARIE TRENT TO PERFORM AT ALDERSON-BROADDUS

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The Alderson Broaddus music department will host a special recital by professional harpist, Leah Marie Trent on Monday, April 15, at 8PM in Wilcox Chapel. The recital will feature Celtic  classical, and sacred music. Admission is free and open to the public.

Leah lives in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, where she plays harp for dinners, weddings and receptions at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, at the Creekside Resort in Greenville, W.Va., the General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg, and in many of the churches and other venues in the Greenbrier Valley.

Leah began her study of harp in Cleveland, Ohio and then continued her harp studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music.
 
For eight years, she was the harp instructor and director of harp ensembles at the Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in harp at the University of Central Oklahoma and Southern Nazarene University. In addition, she was the founder and conductor of the St. Patrick's Irish Harp Orchestra in Oklahoma.

She has played harp with many orchestras, choirs, and chamber groups. Leah plays the large concert pedal harp and a variety of smaller harps, including a 38-string Celtic harp and a 22-string lap harp. She currently maintains a private harp studio in Lewisburg, W.Va., and she performs regularly with her husband Rodger, who plays harp, harpsichord and concertina. In addition, Leah is the assistant director for the harp conference entitled "Beginning in the Middle," which offers a weekend of harp classes, lessons and concerts for adult harp students in Williamsburg, Va. each spring.  
 
One of her specialties is Celtic music. Leah taught harp classes for several summers at Irish Week, which is part of the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, W.Va. She enjoys bringing Irish musicians to the United States for concerts, workshops, and private lessons.

Leah is the education director at Carnegie Hall, a non-profit arts and education center in Lewisburg. In addition, she serves as the choir director, harpist and organist at Ronceverte Presbyterian Church.

Her latest CD, entitled “For Mrs. Cole”, features solo Celtic harp music including selections by the Irish harper-composer Turlough O’Carolan, traditional Irish,  Scottish and English tunes, several Celtic hymns and one original piece written by Leah.
 
For more information, please see her website: www.LiveHarpMusic.com