About Samantha Horn
Samantha Horn is a harpist based alternately in Niceville, FL and Chapel Hill, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Macalester College, where she studied harp with Ann Benjamin. She has also been a student of Katie Ott and Suzanne Bonnen and has received additional instruction from Isabelle Perrin at the Traverse City Harp Workshop (Traverse City, Michigan); Kimberly Rowe and Susan Bennett Brady at the Young Artists Harp Seminar (Rabun Gap, GA); and Erika Waardenburg, Sandrine Chatron, and Constance Allanic at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Samantha is currently pursuing graduate studies in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Samantha has performed with numerous ensembles across the Emerald Coast, including the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO), Pensacola Opera, Mobile Symphony, Okaloosa All-County High School Honor Band, and the Gulf Coast Harp Ensemble. She served as principal harpist for the Macalester Orchestra from 2010-2014 and also performed with the Macalester Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, and flute choir. In 2009, Samantha won the senior division of the NFSO’s 23rd Annual Concerto Competition and appeared with the orchestra in their 2010 “Stars of Tomorrow” concert as a harp concerto soloist. She was also a winner in the Macalester music department’s 2011 Concerto and Aria Contest, subsequently performing a concerto movement with the Macalester Orchestra in February 2012.
Although she attends school in North Carolina, Samantha is an active freelance harpist in Northwest Florida during the summer months and for much of December. She is available to play for a variety of events, including beach weddings, private parties, fundraisers, and religious services. While classically trained, Samantha is also comfortable in genres ranging from folk traditions to contemporary pop.