Haley Hewitt is one of the most exciting, innovative, and gifted harp players of the up-and-coming generation. Playing Scottish music, but also interested in traditional music from around the world, Haley has been breaking boundaries and pushing the limits of what is possible for the instrument.
She is interested in producing and promoting new compositions for the harp, recently releasing an EP length recording of her collaboration project with composer Michael O'Sullivan, The Valentia Suite. She is currently working on a recording project of her own newly composed material and looking forward to a 2015 full-length album release.
Haley has always loved to play the harp, since her start at the age of 9. She took to the instrument and its music, and competed extensively throughout her early years. At the age of 12, she began studying the classical pedal harp as well. After several years of performing with professional, community and school orchestras and smaller ensembles, working with composers and performing new work, she attended the Hartt School of Music on full scholarship and obtained a Bachelor in Music Degree in Harp in 2011.
Haley moved to Scotland in September 2011 to study lever harp as a Masters Degree student in the Scottish Music Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Scottish harp phenomenon Corrina Hewat. She graduated at the top of her class in 2013, and returned to the U.S. to pursue her career in playing, teaching, and writing music on the harp.
Upon her return, she founded the Celtic Harp department at Neighborhood Music School and the Connecticut Harp Circle, which has since developed a faithful following. In September 2013, she was crowned USA National Scottish Harp Champion by the Scottish Harp Society of America, sponsored by the Clan Currie Society.
In July 2014 Haley moved to Boston, MA to grow and develop as a traditional musician. It is her dream to form a program for the advanced study of the lever harp in the United States.