Heidi is one of the foremost professional harpists and harp instructors in Nashville, Tennessee, her musical prowess apparent whether a featured soloist or a background performer.  The harp is an adaptable instrument, equally at home playing solo or part of several instruments performing lovely ensemble pieces written for harp and flute, violin, voice, or harp duo.  Whether alone or with other instruments, harp music creates the perfect ambiance for any special occasion.

Heidi devotes her entire career as a full-time professional harpist to her performances and her private students.  She has studied harp under the finest of Salzedo tutors in the country, receiving both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in Harp Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Rice University respectively.  Her singular focus on a harp career sets her apart as a devoted, attentive professional who prides herself on proper preparation for every performance, and a willingness to tailor each even to her client's specific wishes.

Finally, Heidi is a natural-born teacher, an inspiring role model for her students.  She is a firm, yet compassionate, instructor who expects and receives only the best from her pupils.  Each time she pulls the harp to her shoulder to play, or scrutinizes her student during a lesson, Heidi’s passion for her instrument is evident. 

If one wants to locate Heidi O’Gara Jellison, professional harpist and harp teacher, the places to look are diverse: immersed in a sea of symphony musicians; recording her latest CD; performing Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with a local chorus; directing a youth and adult harp ensemble; striking the final note of Handel’s Concerto in B-flat as solo artist; inspiring students young and old during a private lesson in her studio; playing Canon in D as wedding guests eagerly await a bride’s entrance; singing along as she plays Silent Night at a Christmas Eve worship service; side-by-side in a two-harp concert series; displaying her mastery of the harp during a solo recital; charming cocktail party guests with Gershwin and Broadway tunes; or practicing for her next performance. 

The Harp is to Music what Music is to Life.
Carlos Salzedo