Jacquelyn Venter, harp
Jacquelyn Venter is an active performer and teacher whose performance has been described as “lovely, meditative, and exquisitely played.” Jacquelyn has been featured as a guest artist with the Grammy award winning choir ensemble, Conspirare. Their album Pablo Neruda: A Poet Sings, featuring Ms. Venter with the choir,was nominated for a 2016 Grammy. Jacquelyn had an active career in Iowa as principal harpist for the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, South East Iowa, and the Central Iowa Symphony Orchestras. She has held faculty positions at William Jessup University, Luther College, the UNI Suzuki School, University of Texas String Project, Longhorn Music Camp, Round Rock Independent School District, and served as director of the Young Texas Harp Ensemble. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), University of Northern Iowa (MM), and University of Texas at Austin (DMA). Her teachers include: Yolanda Kondonassis, Alice Chalifoux, Mary Beckman, Gretchen Brumwell, and Delaine Fedson Leonard. She currently maintains a private studio in Sacramento, and plays with ensembles throughout the region.