Leigh Stringfellow enjoys a multi-faceted career as a harpist. She is Principal Harpist for the Durham Symphony and performs music from the chamber and solo repertoire for harp and maintains a dynamic teaching studio. Students of all ages learn to play the harp from her private studios in Carrboro & Cary, NC. Through performances and teaching, Leigh hopes to continue grow the harp community with both amateur and professional players and avid listeners.
Over the next year, Leigh is preparing for the Young Professionals Division of the American Harp Society Competition and will complete her masters from Appalachian State University with a MM in harp performance. Leigh will also continue teaching, playing with orchestra, playing for weddings and special events and with her harp duo 'Leigh & Grace.'
Local harp duo, 'Leigh & Grace' made their debut concert March of 2015 on the Bach's Lunch N' Listen concert series in Newton, NC. This fall, the pair looks forward to presenting performances for Carol Woods and the Carrboro Music Festival.
Leigh performs for weddings & special events regularly and began gigging over 15 years ago at age 14.
As an orchestral harpist, Leigh subs frequently with the local orchestras and has appeared with the North Carolina Symphony, Durham Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Civic Symphony, UNCG Orchestra and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia. She also plays the harp for the Triangle Youth Ballet's annual presentation of the Nutcracker.
In North Carolina, Leigh was thrilled to join a 90 piece orchestra for" Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses," an internationally traveling show that made an appearance at DPAC in Durham as well as playing with the Indie Rock Band, Lost in the Trees at Duke.
In the Seattle area, Leigh appeared as a performer at the American Harp Society Conference in Tacoma, WA and was pleased to play in the US Premiere of Valeri Kikta’s “The Light of the Silent Stars,” for chorus and six harps at Pacific Lutheran University. She also thoroughly enjoyed playing live on the air on Classic King FM in Seattle and of course traveling to New York City to play at the famed Carnegie Hall at the age of 18.
Having grown up in the Seattle area playing the harp and earned a BA in music from Vassar College in New York. Leigh now lives in Carrboro with her husband, an avid audiophile and their dog, who loves to chase deer. In her free time, Leigh runs in the woods near her home and plays with her goofy dog, Sagan.