Arts Report: Harpist, Rhett Barnwell
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has undertaken a varied career as a classical and Celtic harpist, organist, composer, conductor, cellist, and French horn player. As a harpist, he has concentrated on music for healing, sacred and meditative purposes, and has played for numerous events in churches, hospices, nursing homes and hospitals. He has also published a number of compositions and arrangements for the harp through Seraphim Music, which are distributed in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. He has given concerts throughout the Southeast with soprano Victoria Lawson, and has performed in Venice, Rome and Florence, Italy and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with soprano Claire Teuber. Mr. Barnwell has released four recordings to date, several of which were included at the International Conference on Healing Music in Athens, Greece. He has also been a presenter and performer at the Liturgical Harp Conference, Southeastern Harp Conference, Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Harp Journeys, HarpFeste and others. He organized the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Liturgical Harp Conferences which drew harpists from all over the country. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Historical Harp Society and has been the CD Review Editor for the Folk Harp Journal.
His career as a French horn player has included performances with a number of orchestras in the U. S. and abroad, including two seasons as Principal Horn with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston and Italy, the AIMS Symphony Orchestra of Graz, Austria, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Spain, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra and Chorus of St. Louis, South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony and others. He has been heard in performances broadcast on ORF, Austrian Radio, Radiotelevisione Italiana, and National Public Radio. He has been on the music faculties of Columbia College and Agnes Scott College.
As a cellist, Mr. Barnwell has performed with ensembles such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Orchestra of St. Clare, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Emory Baroque Orchestra. He is also featured on several recordings and has appeared in two network television movies, The Tempest, and The Hunley. He can also be heard on pianist George Skaroulis’ recent CD release, “Athena”.
Mr. Barnwell earned a Master of Music degree in French horn performance from Saint Louis Conservatory and pursued Doctoral study in organ and choral conducting at the University of Georgia. He has also studied Gregorian chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, Italy, the Abbey of St. Pierre, Solesmes, France, and Westminster Choir College. His harp teachers have included Mary Brigid Roman, Monica Hargrave, Ellen Foster and Kelly Brzozowski.
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