Carolyn Munford is the principal harpist for the Savannah Philharmonic and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestras. As the winner of national prizes in the American Harp Society competition and Anne Adams Awards, Carolyn is an in-demand soloist, orchestral musician, and educator.
Carolyn received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Harp Performance from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Carrol McLaughlin. While there, Carolyn was granted a Teaching Assistant position in one of the largest harp departments in the world. She also enjoyed being a member of HarpFusion, and performed in Holland, Belgium, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Brazil as part of the ensemble.
Carolyn served as the Artistic Director of The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble for 7 years, where she taught hundreds of students to play the harp in the Atlanta Public School system. The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble gained local and national acclaim under Carolyn’s leadership and was even featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Carolyn led the Ensemble to perform at prestigious venues such as the Governor’s Mansion, Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial sites, and Atlanta City Hall.
Carolyn recently completed a term as the Second Vice President of the American Harp Society, the largest organization of professional harpists in the world. She served as Co-chair of the American Harp Society’s 42nd National Conference, which was held in Atlanta in July of 2016. Carolyn currently resides in Augusta, Georgia, where she maintains a private studio of harp and piano students.