Ms. Barton received her first harp as a Christmas present at age 10, having already studied the piano since age 5 and viola for 2 years. Her harp studies began with Ona Shreiner of Akron, Pa. and Jane Kauffman Brye of Lancaster, Pa. Even though she had aspirations of becoming a professional singer and began her college studies as a vocal performance major. She soon had new inspiration in the harp through her harp instructor, Suzann Davids, causing her to change her major to Harp Performance. Since Suzanne Davids, her only other teacher of influence was the late centenarian, Alice Chalifoux, formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra, Oberlin College, Cleveland Institute of Music, and master teacher of the Salzedo Harp Colony.
Ms. Barton is the creator and current Artistic Director of the Midwest Harp Academy, a non-profit organization with the emphasis on promoting the education and enthusiasm of the harp in Tulsa and surrounding areas. The academy also promotes the Midwest Harp festival, which was created and currently directed by Ms. Barton as well.
Ms. Barton has played for weddings, receptions, recitals in solo and chamber music since residing in Tulsa for the past 32 years, narrowing her career field in harp performing, coaching, and teaching. She and her husband, Sam, President of Barton Construction Co., Inc., have 3 wonderful grown kids; Seth, wife Patricia and their grand-daughter Danielle, Seth is an Industrial Estimator; Kara, a social worker; and Jared a past Chef/Instructor, currently furthering his college education.
Lorelei Kaiser Barton