Martha Waldvogel-Warren holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from Ball State University under the tutelage of Elizabeth Richter. She also completed a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Alice Chalifoux. Further studies have taken Waldvogel-Warren to the east coast at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine also with Ms. Chalifoux, and the Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts where she studied with Lucile Lawrence.
Complementing Waldvogel-Warren’s curriculum vitae are her extensive performance experiences in orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the US and Europe, as well as solo appearances worldwide. She has produced four recordings: one trio featuring Swiss flutist Paul Haemig with actor Johannes Meier reciting poems by Herman Hesse; one solo CD; and two duo CDs in the duo Stones Unturned with New York flutist/piper Christopher Layer, featuring both classical and folk music.
Having returned to the US from Switzerland in 2007 with more than 12 years abroad, Waldvogel-Warren actively draws from her wealth of teaching experience. Her assemblage from Musikschule Kloten/Zurich, along with those from her private studio, has given her an opportunity to direct several harp ensembles.
Waldvogel-Warren currently serves as Principal Harpist of the Holland Symphony, and substitutes regularly for professional symphonies in the area. Martha holds faculty positions at Hope College, Aquinas College and was an Adjunct Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University from 2009 until 2018. In 2011, Waldvogel-Warren was thrilled at the invitation to teach for the inaugural season of the New Harmony Music Festival and School, where she continues to perform and instruct each summer. Waldvogel-Warren finds it a privilege to work with a variety of students at many levels, from beginners to young professionals.
In 2014, Martha was featured as a soloist with the Grand Rapids Ballet. Her performance was lauded as “heroic” in the Grand Rapids Press.
Her most recent accomplishment was receiving certification as a Harp Therapist from the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP), which she completed in 2016. In that capacity, she applies this certification through weekly interventions listening, discovering, responding and accentuating within the IHTP arena for in-patients at Holland Hospital. She finds her time investment there enormously rewarding and sometimes miraculous.
Martha lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, two children, and father.
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