Barbra Bailey Bradley, originally from Canada, holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University, where she studied both piano and harp. At the University of Western Ontario, she received a Performing Arts Award for her work in musical theatre. Following graduate school she attended the Aspen Summer Music School, where she studied piano and accompanying with Brooks Smith.
As a winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, in the Accompanying category, she collaborated in concert tours with violinist Sherry Kloss, singer Judith Balo Goff, and flutist Maquette Kuper.
A long standing member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Ms. Bradley has served as an Alumni Chapter President, District Director, and as International Alumni Advisor. During that time she was privileged to work with composer/conductor, Lloyd Pfausch, at the 1998 International Convention.
While working as Musical Director at Adventure Theatre in Montgomery County, Maryland, she wrote and adapted music for three productions – The Cricket on the Hearth, Goldilocks and the Christmas Bears, and Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Goose. Her musical work in Goldilocks and the Christmas Bears was nominated for an award.
Returning to the harp has redefined her musical career. She has recorded
three CDs of her harp compositions and arrangements – Straight from the Harp, Harp-Felt and Seasonal Sounds-Harp Arrangements. The printed music from these CDs is also available in three self-published books. The Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, two books of trios, Harpists Three, and Vignettes, and her latest solo book, Student Souvenirs, are also available in self-published format.
In addition to solo work, she performs with and directs the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble, and has created compositions and arrangements for their concerts, as well as other ensembles.
She has produced, performed in, and conducted the Finale Ensemble in the Washington Area Folk Harp Society’s Annual Concert since 2009. Ms. Bradley performs as harpist and pianist in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and teaches both instruments at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC.