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Lorelei Kaiser Barton received her first harp as a Christmas present at age 10, having already studied the piano since age 5 and viola for 2 years. Her harp studies began with Ona Shreiner of Akron, Pa. and Jane Kauffman Brye of Lancaster, Pa. Even though she had aspirations of becoming a professional singer and began her college studies as a vocal performance major, she soon had new inspiration in the harp through her harp instructor, Suzann Davids, causing her to change her major to Harp Performance. Since Suzanne Davids, her only other teacher of influence was the late centenarian, Alice Chalifoux, formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra, Oberlin College, Cleveland Institute of Music, and master teacher of the Salzedo Harp Colony.
Ms. Barton is the former creator and Artistic Director of the Midwest Harp Academy, a non-profit organization with the emphasis on promoting the education and enthusiasm of the harp. Upon her resignation, the festival moved from Tulsa to Chicagoland .
Ms. Barton has played for weddings, receptions, recitals in solo and chamber music since residing in Tulsa for the past 38 years, narrowing her career field in harp performing, coaching, and teaching. She and her husband, Sam, a construction consultant, have 3 wonderful grown kids: Seth, wife Patricia and their granddaughters Danielle and Natalie, (Seth is an Industrial Estimator); Kara a Social Worker/counselor at The Tulsa Boys Home, and Jared a past Chef/Instructor, now catering manager for The Vault and its associated other restaurants in downtown Tulsa.
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