According to Elizabeth Hainen, Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, harpist Morgan Short (age 17) gave a “stellar performance” of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in a “Play With The Pros” concert at Skidmore College in 2015. In the same year, Ms. Short was awarded the Ambassador Middendorf Award from the U.S. Navy and was invited to solo with the Navy performing Debussy’s Danses Sacree et Profane. Soon after, she soloed with the Roanoke Symphony Youth Orchestra performing Handel’s Harp Concerto as a Young Artists Award winner in 2014. In 2016, Morgan received an International Young Artists Award from Liberty Symphony and was afforded the opportunity to solo with the orchestra performing Handel’s Concerto once again.
Morgan’s Carnegie Hall debut was at age 15, as Principal Harpist with Virginia Tech’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble hosted by the New York International Music Festival. She will return to Carnegie in the spring of 2017 with the ensemble and VTech’s Choirs.
Ms. Short has been an active participant in summer festivals since age 10, attending the American Harp Institute (3), Young Artists Harp Seminar (3), Saratoga Harp Colony (3), Masterworks Festival, Somerset, and Suzuki Teacher Training. She has performed in 23 masterclasses with notable harpists: Elizabeth Hainen, Marissa Robles, Judy Loman, Joan Holland, Gillian Sella, Maria Luisa Rayan, Mieko Inoue, and conductor Cristian Macelaru.
Since 2011, Morgan has served as Principal Harpist for the New River Valley Symphony, Roanoke Youth Symphony, VTech’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Appalachian Symphony (2016 Season).
Additional highlights include: Young Artists International Harp Competition 3rd Prize, American Harp Society’s Mid-Atlantic Competition 2nd Prize, Wales International World Music Competition Hon. Mention, Bland Music Scholarship Competition 4th in the State.
The U.S. Navy “Fanfare Magazine” includes an article about Morgan. Additionally, she performed on Hungarian Duna TV in a documentary about the III Szeged Harp Competition. Morgan currently studies with Jacquelyn Bartlett (UNCSA) and Elisabeth Remy Johnson (Principal Harpist Atlanta Symphony), and will attend Conservatory in the fall.