Mallory McHenry named young artist with Performance Today


Mallory McHenry was recently named a young artist with American Public Media’s program, Performance Today. Broadcast on nearly 300 public radio stations across the country, Performance Today reaches approximately 1.4 million listeners per week and focuses on “the vitality of today’s classical music scene.” The first harpist selected for the program, McHenry’s residency will take place in March 2019 at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she will be interviewed by host Fred Child. Topics up for discussion include contrasting French music and music written in the 20th century. McHenry says her intent is to focus on works written specifically for the harp to showcase its range. “I want the audience to experience some of the strong and beautiful gems in the harp repertoire on a wide spectrum,” she says. Her segments will include works by Bernard Andrés, Gabriel Pierné, Marcel Tournier, and Paul Hindemith.

A doctoral candidate at University of Texas at Austin, McHenry currently studies with Delaine Leonard. She holds a master of music degree from University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of music degree from Oakwood University. As an educator, she was previously the director of summer camps at Newman Theatre Company and a teaching assistant for the harp department at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. A native of Georgia, she has also worked with the Atlanta–based organization, Challenge the Stats, which was founded to help diversify classical performing arts and empower artists of color.

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