Anastasia Jellison holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the
Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Alice Chalifoux,
Principal Harp of the Cleveland Orchestra for 47 years. In 1999 she
completed her Master of Music Degree in Harp Performance at the
Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, under the instruction of
Paula Page, Principal Harpist of the Houston Symphony.
Miss Jellison has extensive experience as an orchestral harpist. She has played with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, the Knoxville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Opera Roanoke, and several other ensembles throughout Texas, Ohio, and Virginia. She has toured Europe with the North Carolina School of the Arts, attended the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Round Top, TX, and has traveled to Japan with the Pacific Music Festival.
She has played with Lancaster Music Festival in Ohio for the past seven years and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival for the past two years. This summer, Miss Jellison has been invited to be on the faculty of the Brevard Summer Institute and Festival in North Carolina. She debuted with the Roanoke Symphony for the 50th Anniversary Concert in a performance of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. She was named Principal Harp of the RSO in 2005.
Anastasia worked as a full time harp teacher for the Richmond Public School System from 2001-2003 and was the Director of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble from 2003-3007.
She currently teaches at the University of Richmond, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Southern Virginia University and Washington and Lee. She also instructs private students from Richmond, Roanoke and Williamsburg.