CARA FLECK, HARP
Cara Fleck is a freelance harpist in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, performing at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall and Mansion, National Gallery, Lyric Opera House and World Bank. With extensive experience in chamber, orchestral and solo performance, she has recently played with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic and Apollo Orchestra. A chamber musician with a passion for new music, Cara is a member of Great Noise Ensemble and the Inscape Chamber Orchestra. Her current projects include a recording of world premieres with Inscape on the Grammy-Award winning label Sono Luminus, and a 10-day residency at the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival in Jamaica, Vermont.
Cara began playing the harp at age four under the instruction of Sonja Inglefield at the Peabody Preparatory, where she was a seven-time recipient of the harp achievement award and a three-year scholarship recipient in the Peabody Preparatory Arts for Talented Youth Program. She is a three time winner of the American Harp Society regional scholarship competition, and was recognized as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar for the Arts.
Cara continued her studies in music at the University of Maryland School of Music with Rebecca Smith under a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in 2003 and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2007. Other influential harp teachers include Elizabeth Hainen and Ruth Inglefield.
During her years at Maryland, Cara won second runner up in the University of Maryland Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist with the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra. Cara also participated in the Saratoga Harp Colony, an intensive summer program for the emerging generation of professional harpists.