Professional harpist Melanie Mashner is passionate about bringing joy to the people around her through music. Melanie is currently the Graduate Assistant Instructor in Harp at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursuing her master's degree with Florence Sitruk. Recent performances include a premiere of Juan Pablo Contreras’ concerto for harp and chamber orchestra, Ángel Mestizo, with Arca Sonica in Ann Arbor, MI. Melanie has also been selected as a featured performer in the Orchestral Audition Showcase of the 2021 World Harp Congress in Cardiff, Wales.
Melanie was named winner of the 2019 Indiana University Harp Department Concerto Competition, for her performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. In 2018, Melanie was awarded Indiana University's prestigious Performer's Certificate and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in Harp Performance with High Distinction and Honors. Melanie has studied under the instruction of world-renowned harpist and Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald, Elizabeth Hainen of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Anneleen Lenaerts of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, June Han, and Grace Wong.
Melanie has won numerous awards for the harp, including the Ham Merit Award in the National Society of Arts and Letters Instrumental Competition, the Ross and Andella Pyle Memorial Undergraduate Orchestral Instrument Award, the Jo Amish Young Artist Competition, Empire State Competition, National Orchestra Award, Scholastic Arts Spotlight, and the Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar Award. In 2018, Melanie was a scholarship recipient at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She was a contestant in the 2016 USA International Harp Competition and a finalist in the 2018 Anne Adams Awards and 2015 Lyon and Healy Awards. Melanie has enjoyed performances as principal harpist and soloist with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Finger Lakes Community Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, IU Philharmonic, Symphony, and Concert Orchestras, and IU Wind Ensemble.
Melanie enjoys collaborating with local Rochester and Bloomington musicians and composers, as well as with her sister, flutist Melissa Mashner, as a member of the Angelus Duo. As an arts administrator, Melanie was the Program Coordinator of the 2019 11th USA International Harp Competition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.