Miss. Morgan M. Short

Harp Teacher

Morgan Short

SAA Member


Boones Mill, VA
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As a top prize winner, Morgan has been awarded fifteen concerto engagements 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 North Carolina Symphony (2019), Fayetteville Symphony, the Delta Symphony, Liberty University Symphony and the Roanoke Youth Symphony. Additionally, as Guest Artist for the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival 25th Anniversary, Ms. Short performed Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with flutist, Emma Resmini (Juilliard) in 2017. As a featured artist for UNCSA’s Summer Harp Festival, she performed a Solo Concert in 2017. Recently, in the summer of 2018, Morgan competed at the Eastern Music Festival with 74 contestants and was awarded her tenth concerto, Pierne’s Concertstuck which she performed in July. A few days later she became the 2018 Grand Prize Winner and Audience Prize recipient in the Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artist’s and will be performing the Debussy Danses with the Eastern Music Festival and the Appalachian Summer Music Festival under the baton of Gerard Schwarz in 2019! Lastly, as the Grand Prize Winner of the Mary Graham Lasley Award in 2019, Morgan will perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in two December subscription performances with the Alexandria Symphony under the baton of James Ross.

An avid competitor, Ms. Short recently won the Grand Prize for the Classics Alive Young Artists National Management Audition in Los Angeles. Winners are selected based on exceptional musicianship, technique, ability to communicate as a performer, and future potential. The competition is open to piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, guitar, and harp as well as small ensembles.

The Grand Prize includes an Artist Management contract, membership on the roster of Classics Alive Artists, a cash prize of $1000, and several performance and recital opportunities, including a solo concerto performance with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and a solo recital on the Classics Alive Presents Concert Series.

In 2019, Morgan will perform Caplet’s “Masque of the Red Death” with UNCSA faculty and the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute (Graduate Performance Program) in a touring residency for four performances.

In 2015, Morgan received the Ambassador Middendorf Award from the U.S. Navy and Captain Walden praised Morgan for her “dedication and talent” in the Navy Fanfare Magazine. In the same year, after performing for a “Play with the Pros” Concert at the 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. Additionally, the Women’s View Magazine, May 2018 issue which is archived online, did a cover story on Morgan’s Harp Concerti adventures. And a juror from a recent competition in Artist Management wrote, “Musical sensibility emanating from every pore! Great charisma and magnetism, so necessary in going beyond the compositions’ beautiful qualities, to make it uniquely alive. Drawing our ears towards your expression and musical message.”

Notable performance venues include Carnegie Hall as Principal Harpist with Virginia Tech’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble at age 15, and Galeri Caernarfon (Wales, UK) as well as the Mora Ferenc Museum, (Szeged, Hungary) for three international harp competitions, where she performed in a harp documentary which aired on Hungarian Duna TV. She has also been a featured performer at Arthur Zankel Music Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY for a prominent summer harp festival (Saratoga Harp Colony), broadcast and archived on the Livestream App in 2014 and 2015.

2019 Ronald Sachs International Music Competition Submission— First Prize
2019 American Harp Society National Competition, Advanced Division—TBD
2019 Alexandria Symphony, Mary Graham Lasley Award—Grand Prize Winner
2019 American Harp Society Summer Institute—Presenter
2019 Minnesota Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition—Semi-Finalist
2018 Classics Alive Young Artist Management Audition— GRAND PRIZE (management)
2018 Anne Jett Award Winner—Roanoke Symphony
2018 UNCSA Career Development Grant
2018 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artist’s —Grand Prize & Audience Prize
2018 Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition Award
2018 American Harp Society—Anne Adams Award, Finalist
2018 North Carolina Symphony—Kathleen Price & Joseph Bryan Young Artist Award
2018 Fayetteville Symphony—Harlan Duenow Young Artist Award
2018 Euterpe Greensboro (NFMC) Grand Prize Instrumental Award
2018 Semans Art Fund Grant
2018 Alexandria Symphony—Mary Graham Lasley Concerto Competition Awarded 2nd Prize
2017 Classics Alive Young Artist Management Audition—Semi-Finalist
2017 UNCSA Career Development Grant
2017 Delta Symphony Young Artist Award
2016 Lion’s Club Bland Music Competition Scholarship Award—4th in State
2016 Liberty University Young Artist Award
2015 Ambassador Middendorf Award
2015 US Navy Band Young Artist Award
2015 Hilton Head Symphony Finalist Award
2014 Roanoke Symphony Young Artist Award
2012 Young Artists Harp Seminar International Competition/3rd Prize
2012 American Harp Society, Mid-Atlantic Harp Competition/2nd Prize
2010 Young Artists Harp Seminar Orchestral Competition 1st Prize

Tom Kenan Merit Scholar (2017-2021)
Alex and Sheila Ewing Scholar, Orchestra Merit Scholar, and Campus Arts Scholar (2017-2018).

Morgan is currently pursuing a BM 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 has been trained in the Salzedo Harp Technique and is also a certified Suzuki Instructor. She is available to teach harp lessons in North Carolina and SW Virginia. You may Follow Morgan’s Career on her professional Facebook “Morgan Short, Harpist” and Subscribe to her YouTube channel with over 50 videos. (Solo, Chamber, Orchestral, and Concerti)