Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Samantha Ballard holds a Bachelor of Music Degree majoring in harp performance from the University of British Columbia. She studied with Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, former principal harpist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has participated in masterclasses by world-renowned harpists Alice Giles and Maria Palatine.
Samantha has had the pleasure of attending two World Harp Congresses in Vancouver, Canada, and Sydney, Australia. She has performed internationally in Mons, Belgium, and at the Rio Harp Festival in May 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Locally, Samantha has performed with the U of M Concert Choir, MUSAIC, Camerata Nova, and Women of Note. Samantha also presents an annual Christmas concert and released her first solo album in 2016, entitled "On Christmas Night" which can be purchased on iTunes and Google Play.
An avid lover of pop, movie, anime, and video game music, Samantha arranges and records covers of the music she is most passionate about. Her arrangements and covers have received an overwhelmingly positive response and have been viewed over 3 million times. Samantha's YouTube channel can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/samanthaballard.
Samantha has experience playing harp as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member. Fluent in many styles and genres including baroque, classical, romantic, folk, and popular music, Samantha would be delighted to use her experience and skill to give your wedding or event that special touch.