Jody Guinn has been the principal harpist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Opera since 1984. She played for the Cleveland Ballet and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra for 16 years while both organizations were in existence in Cleveland. She has been substituting or playing extra harp with the Cleveland Orchestra since 1986 including numerous tours to Europe, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. With the Cleveland Orchestra, she has recorded numerous works, most notably two Wagner operas, on the Decca label. For the past five seasons, she has joined the Cleveland Orchestra on its European tours, including its debut in Italy and its residency programs in Miami, Florida, Vienna, Austria and Lucerne, Switzerland. In August, 2008, she appeared with the orchestra at the renowned Salzburg Festival in Austria. In recent seasons, Jody has also been playing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, touring Japan, and California and recording several orchestral works on the Telarc label. She has been privileged to work under the batons of several Maestros: Composer/conductor John Adams, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Paavo Jarvi, Pierre Boulez, and Franz Welser-Most, current conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Other orchestras in which Jody has appeared include the Florida Orchestra, The Houston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other artists with which Jody has performed include the Three Tenors, Barry Manilow, Ray Charles, singer Josh Groban and American Idol’s Clay Aiken.
Jody is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Master of Music degree in Harp Performance studying with world renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux. She also attended numerous summer study programs at the former Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.
In 2002, Jody was honored to have performed, along with six of her colleagues, at the Eighth World Harp Congress held in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, she is a member of the Salzedo Harp Duo along with colleague Nancy Lendrim, principal harpist of the Toledo Symphony. Together, they have presented many duo-harp concerts and master classes across the country since the release on the Azica label of their CD, titled “Short Stories”, in June 2004. In February, 2006, the duo’s recording of Debussy’s Clair de Lune was featured on the CBS Daytime Drama, “The Young and the Restless”. The duo appeared at the American Harp Society National Conference in June 2008 in Detroit playing on a concert honoring the 100th Birthday of their mentor and teacher, Alice Chalifoux. In July 2008, they traveled to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where they performed works of Salzedo’s on a concert at the Tenth World Harp Congress.
Jody shares her love of the instrument with several private students and is on the faculty of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, the Preparatory Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and has taught at Malone College in Canton, Ohio. Currently, she is playing second harp in the Cleveland Orchestra.
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