Jacquelyn Bartlett was born in Detroit, Michigan where she was surrounded with music since her beginning. Her mother, Mary Bartlett, is a noted harpist, arranger, composer and teacher and Jacquelyn began her musical studies at an early age with her mother.
After continued studies with world renowned harpists, Carlos Salzedo and Alice Chalifoux, Ms. Bartlett, at age sixteen, made her solo debut in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall in a performance of the Handel Harp Concerto which received high critical praise. She graduated with honors from Interlochen Arts Academy and then attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she majored in harp and minored in piano. Her harp teachers also include Lucy Lewis, Lucille Lawrence, and Susann McDonald.
Subsequently, Ms. Bartlett was invited to perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Slovac Radio Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony working with some of the world’s most distinguished conductors such as Eugene Ormandy, Sixten Ehrling, Sergiu Commissiona, Aaron Copeland, James Paul, Izler Solomon, and Pierre Boulez. Having toured America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, Jacquelyn has also appeared frequently at American Harp Society Conferences and the World Harp Congress as a speaker and a performer.
Having served on the faculties of Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Ms. Bartlett currently is a member of the Artist Faculties of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Appalachian State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A dedicated and passionate educator, Ms. Bartlett is much sought after as a teacher, chamber music coach and presenter for master classes and seminars. Her students have garnered top prizes at international and national competitions and have been featured in Europe at the World Harp Congress and on Christopher O’Reilly’s National Public Radio Show, ‘From The Top’.
A champion of chamber music, Ms. Bartlett has worked with some of this generation’s most well known composers such as Aaron Copeland, George Crumb, Alberto Ginastera, Dan Locklair, George Rochberg and John Rutter and she continues to bring new compositions to the concert stage as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Bartlett is a founding member of FIRE PINK TRIO and a long time member of Mallarme Chamber Players. For ten years, she was the Founder and Artistic Director of SummerMusic in Blowing Rock, NC and Music at St John’s in Valle Crucis, NC. Ms. Bartlett has written and published articles in professional journals, has edited music for publication and is a recorded artist on the ALBANY, CAPSTONE and NAXOS labels. Her recent World Premiere recording of Dan Locklair’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra was released by NAXOS and has received high, critical praise.