Mary BircherLecturer, Harp
Area of Focus: Strings
Mary Bircher has performed as principal harpist of the Omaha Symphony and the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra since 1981. On numerous occasions she has been featured as soloist with the Omaha Symphony and has been praised for her “truly virtuoso and seemingly effortless performance”. She has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Colorado Music Festival. Ms. Bircher is an active freelance performer, and enjoys the opportunity to creatively explore all types of music in a wide variety of venues. As a Certified Clinical Musician, she plays regularly at the Josie Harper Hospice House and at Omaha Children’s Hospital. Ms. Bircher collaborates with her husband, Omaha Symphony trumpet player Craig Bircher, sharing in the joy of providing music for numerous weddings each year. An enthusiastic and respected teacher, Ms. Bircher enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities, and is a popular clinician at the Midwest Harp Festival in Tulsa, OK. She has recorded for American Gramaphone Records and Summit Records and also with flutist Willis Ann Ross and trumpeter Craig Bircher. In July of 2002, Ms. Bircher was invited to perform as a member of the Salzedo Harp Ensemble at the World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland.
A native of Richmond, VA, Ms. Bircher is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music and a student of Jeanne Chalifoux and Alice Chalifoux. Additionally, she spent six wonderful summers studying at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine.