Meet Our Musicians: Jacqueline Pollauf, Harp

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Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, has been praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer), “glittering beauty” (Lawrence Budman, critic for the Miami Herlad), and “most satisfying elegance” (The Toledo Blade). Past performances include the premiere of a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall, and appearances at the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada, and the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington D.C. Jacqueline has been a featured soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has given solo recitals throughout the East Coast, and whether performing standard repertoire or her own compositions and transcriptions, Jacqueline is always exploring the versatility of the harp.

In addition to solo performances, Jacqueline appears frequently as part of Trio Sirènes, along with flutist Marcia Kämper and violist Karin Brown. Trio Sirènes has been featured on recital series including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music by Candlelight Series, the Strathmore Mansion Concert Series, and the Cosmos Club Chamber Music Series. Jacqueline also performs regularly with Dariusz Skoraczewski, principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


Jacqueline has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Post Classical Ensemble, (Washington D.C.), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London, UK), the Scottish Voices (Glasgow, Scotland), Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C.), the Choir of Clare College (Cambridge, UK), the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble (Washington D.C.), and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

In 2019, Jacqueline will release an album of harp and cello music entitled Beau Soir with Dariusz Skoraczewski. Past recording credits include Songs and Dreams for solo harp, featuring Jacqueline’s own compositions and transcriptions; Bouquet, Jacqueline’s debut solo album; Music from Three
Continents with the Scottish Voices ensemble of Glasgow, Scotland; delight/delirium featuring works by composer Fernando Benadon; and Voyage, a recording of avant-garde harp and saxophone duos with saxophonist Noah Getz.


An active composer and arranger, Jacqueline has been awarded artist residencies through Wildacres Artists Retreat and the Baltimore County Public Library. Jacqueline has a variety of publications available through Vanderbilt Music and Harp Column Music. Many of her works are available through Oakway Studios, including two major pedagogical works, Exercises in Harmonics and Pedal Exercises for Harp.

Jacqueline has been recognized with numerous awards and grants including two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, an American Composer’s Forum Encore Grant, and a Yellow Barn Artist Residency. Jacqueline is on the faculties of the Baltimore School for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Goucher College, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and maintains a private studio of harp students. She has given masterclasses at Florida State University, the Levine School of Music, and Salisbury University. Additionally, she is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp and serves as president of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Harp Society. Jacqueline holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory.