First Prize winner of the 2019 Ima Hogg Competition, Rachel Lee O’Brien (formerly Rachel Lee Hall) also won the 2013 Lyon & Healy Award and has received prizes from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s Anne Jett Rogers Award, Saratoga Harp Colony “Play with the Pros” Competition, Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist’s Awards, and the James Bland Music Contest of the Lions Club. The 2015 Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Presser Scholar, she has been soloist with the Houston Symphony, and has been an orchestral harpist with the Akron, Firelands, and Roanoke symphony orchestras. She holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and currently serves on the faculty of Hollins University in Virginia. She has an ever-growing presence on social media, with over 50,000 followers.


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