The remote Texas
Panhandle is the beginning location of Brianne Stedje's
harp studies. Living on a farm in a Norwegian church community, Brianne & her family would travel the 200 plus mile trip every Friday for the next 6 years to Amarillo, Tx. There she was able to take instruction from Amarillo symphony principal harpist, Stephanie Bowen. She participated in solo, duet, ensembles & later
in Amarillo Youth Symphony. Brianne,
along with her older sister, also gained experience in music ministry serving their church with harp-organ duets, solos and accompaniment at
the rural church they grew up in.
Photo Courtesy of Family Photo - Amarillo, TX
A year ago on a very
cold, snowy, December winter day, Venus Harp Co., delivered to
Brianne, her own Venus "Classic" Harp. The harp she had hoped & prayed for had finally arrived on the tail end of a serious Texas blizzard! Its craftsmanship was finer than she had imagined & its sound was bigger & more mellow than she dreamed a new harp could sound! (She had studied for five years on an older Venus "Classic" & could
hardly believe how improved her new harp sounded.)
In Spring 2004,
Brianne auditioned with her new harp & received
a full tuition scholarship to the Wanda L. Bass
school of music at Oklahoma City University in
Oklahoma City. She continues her harp education
at OCU with OKC Symphony principal harpist Gaye
LeBlanc. The school website is http://www.okcu.edu/music/
Brianne's August arrival at the
school, she has experienced playing
in the wind philharmonic for the
school's 100 year centennial celebration, fall concert & performances in the musicals "Secret Garden" & the "Fantasticks". A holiday performance of "Hansel & Gretel" will
conclude her first semester.
Her life aspirations are to develop her God given talents to become the best of what God has created her to be.