Andrea Blanchfield is a 2010 graduate of Furman University, Greenville, SC, where she received the Furman University Strings Scholarship and earned a Bachelor's degree in Music under the tutelage of Anita Burroughs-Price, principal harpist with the North Carolina Symphony. Andrea has been playing the harp for over 17 years, has been performing professionally for 13 years and has been teaching for 5 years. She has a strong background in Harp Pedagogy, Music Theory, Form and Analysis, Music History, Orchestration and Music Technology. Andrea has been an active member of the Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Orchestra for three years now, where she holds the principal harpist position. The SMBC Orchestra performs once a month for the church's worship service, plus during religious or national holidays. She has been the principal harpist for the Furman University Symphonic Orchestra, Furman University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. She has also been a member of the Furman University Harp Ensemble. Prior to her collegiate training Andrea was the principal harpist for the Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP) and Triangle Youth Symphony (TYS) for four years.
Andrea's experience playing Liturgical music began in the Daniel Chapel located on Furman's campus, where she performed for worship services, as well as, for the annual Lessons & Carols concert. She has participated in the "Celebration of the Arts" program in McAlister Auditorium as the Fine Arts Representative.
Some of Andrea's most memorable and favorite performances include: the 2009 premiere for Lynn Strong's new jewelry line "The Art of Angels", the Scottish Rite's annual Fundraiser Banquet & Golf Tournament at the Washington Duke Inn, SMBC's annual "Singing Christmas Tree", the 2010 Centenary United Methodist Church's performance of Benjamin Britten's, "A Ceremony of Carols", the 2011 Father and Teenage Daughter Banquet, held by Chaplain Yarmin on Fort Bragg and last but not least, Fayetteville Technical Community College's Fall 2011 Convocation, celebrating their 50th Anniversary.
Andrea loves to volunteer and help out the community by playing for women's shelters and assisted living facilities. Andrea is a part of the music faculty at Snyder Music Academy in Fayetteville, NC, where she teaches ages 6 and up. She also teaches her own private studio in Raleigh with students of all ages and levels of playing. She has also founded and started to build the harp program for the wonderful non-profit organization, Community of Music of Raleigh. This organization gives children of our community the opportunity to take lessons who otherwise could not afford them. Andrea also directs a harp ensemble made up 8 to 9 students with a wide range of playing ability. She is willing to teach beginner to intermediate and advanced level harpists in the Grandjaney or Classical technique.
Recently, Andrea's studio has offered her students opportunities such as: performing in the annual Christmas party at Universal Healthcare or Abbotswood at Stonehenge nursing facility, participating in the Young Artist's Harp Seminar in VA and traveling to Austria with the YAHS ensemble. Some have become members of the acclaimed Triangle Youth Orchestra, Symphony, and/or Philharmonic, have been selected from many contenders to Play With the Pros with the North Carolina Symphony, as well as, play for church services, holiday parties, and their middle and high school orchestras. Advanced students may receive scholarships from the school of their choice, based on their level of dedication to the instrument, and the level of repertoire they have learned. In the Spring of 2014, three of Andrea's student's graduated high school and will be attending the following schools: Liberty University, VA, Berklee School of Music, MA, and Stanford University, CA.