Dr. Grace Bauson is a member of The United States Army Field Band and currently serves as adjunct harp professor at the University of Mary Washington. She has extensive experience as an instructor, soloist and ensemble player, and teaches an expanding studio of private students.
In addition to performing with the American Youth Harp Ensemble in venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Kennedy Center, Bauson has been a featured soloist in performances of the Ravel Introduction and Allegro at the Chautauqua Music Festival, the Handel Concerto in Bb for Harp with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and the Ginastera Harp Concerto as winner of the Ball State University Graduate Concerto Competition as well as in chamber music series in the United States and Canada. Bauson has placed nationally and internationally as fourth place winner in the Anne Adams National Harp Competition, a national finalist for a Fulbright Award and semifinalist in the William C. Byrd International String Competition. As principal harp she has performed with numerous orchestras including the Scarborough Philharmonic in Canada, the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Anderson Symphony and Marion Philharmonic.
As an instructor, Bauson has taught a variety of students of all levels, from beginners to university harp majors in her own studio and positions as Adjunct Harp Instructor at the University of Mary Washington, James Madison University, Washington and Lee University, and Southern Virginia University. Her students have successfully advanced to the top ensemble of the American Youth Harp Ensemble, of which she was on faculty from 2010-2013, and have performed in numerous national and international tours to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Vienna, Austria, among others. In addition to serving on the faculty of the Summer Harp Institutes, Bauson has been an invited teacher at the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program.
Bauson began harp study at the age of nine under Elizabeth Richter, with whom she continued her undergraduate education at Ball State University. The recipient of a National Merit Scholarship and a Young Artist Award, she graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Music in harp performance. Under a Fellowship to study with renowned harpist Judy Loman at the University of Toronto, Bauson received her Master of Music degree. Her instructors have also included Adelheid Blovsky-Miller at the University of Vienna and the legendary Lucile Lawrence at Tanglewood. Dr. Bauson completed her Doctor of Arts in Music under Ms. Richter at Ball State University with an emphasis in harp performance and music theory. Her scholarly research focused on contemporary compositions for harp by Canadian composers.