Winifred Garrett, Harpist

Winifred Garrett

With a career that spans over thirty years, Winifred Garrett has had the privilege of being the first African American harpist to grace the stage in countless performance venues and settings. The Founder/Artistic Director of “The Harp Studio” based in Durham, North Carolina, highlights from her extensive and diverse performance career includes appearances with Stevie Wonder at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, performing with Marvin Gaye at Radio City Music Hall, playing the wedding of singer/actress Whitney Houston, and performing with the Boys Choir of Harlem and for the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Principal Harpist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Garrett also serves as Principal Harpist for Long Leaf Opera which is housed in Chapel Hill, NC in addition to Principal Harpist for Durham Symphony’s 2008-09 season and Substitute Principal Harpist for the Western Piedmont Symphony.

Ms. Garrett has served as Conductor/Music Director for North Carolina Central University’s musical production of “Once On This Island” and was the Project Coordinator/Grantwriter for the now international “Gateways Music Festival”. Chosen by the Broadway team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt to play the first Japan tour of the acclaimed show, “The Fantasticks”, Ms. Garrett has performed for both Broadway and Off Broadway houses and is presently harpist for the North Carolina Theater in Raleigh, NC. During her years in New York, Ms. Garrett was the Resident Harpist at the UN Plaza Hotel and a frequent guest performer for “High Tea” at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Helmsley Palace Hotel, and the Berkshire Hotel. She presently plays for the Umstead Hotel and Spa, one of the prestigious four star/five diamond hotels of North Carolina.