Miss. Morgan M. Short

Harp Teacher

Morgan Short

SAA Member


Kernersville, NC
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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 a prominent summer harp festival broadcast on Livestream in 2014 and 2015.

Additional honors include: recipient of a 2018 UNCSA Career Development Grant; 2017 Classics Alive Concert Artist Management Semifinalist, thereby awarded a position in the Young Artist’s Ambassador Program; and the 2018 Fayetteville Symphony Harlan Duenow Young Artist’s Award. 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 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 a prestigious summer harp festival in Rabun Gap, GA.

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 is also a certified Suzuki Instructor and enjoys teaching harp. Additionally, she has an active YouTube channel with over 35 videos.