Marilinda Joy Garcia – Harp
Marilinda graduated in May of 2006 from New England Conservatory with a B.M. in Harp Performance, with Distinction in Performance and Academic Honors, and from Tufts University with a B.A. in English, cum laude. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society.
In the summer of 2006, Marilinda toured five European countries with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Highlights of the YOA tour included a live recording of the Verdi Requiem, directed by Placido Domingo, under the Deutsche Grammophon label and an American Music program as the opening concert of the Berlin Young-Euro-Classic Festival.
At New England Conservatory, Marilinda performed as Principal Harp with the school’s numerous ensembles: the NEC Symphony, the Philharmonia, the Sinfonietta, the Chamber Orchestra, the Jordan Winds, the Wind Ensemble, and the Opera Orchestra. In 2005 she performed with the NEC Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall and as Principal Harp for the Washington National Opera Young Artists Program under the artistic advisory of Placido Domingo. With her sister, flutist Bianca Garcia, she also appeared as a guest recitalist at the International Flute Festival in Costa Rica and performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with the Rome Festival Orchestra. Marilinda has performed frequently with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble and the Callithumpian Consort in Jordan Hall under the direction of John Heiss, Stephen Drury and John Harbison. Both ensembles perform contemporary works by composers such as Gyorgi Ligeti, John Harbison and Earl Kim. Some recordings can be found under the Mode Records label. Marilinda was also Principal Harpist for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and for Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra. She has been a guest collaborator or soloist with the New England Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, Symphony Pro Musica, the Longy School of Music Orchestra, the Tufts University Symphony Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Symphony, the Timberlane Regional Orchestra, the Boston College
Symphony, the Nashua Chamber
Orchestra, the Lakes Region Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gordon College Symphony
Orchestra, the Merrimack Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the University of New Hampshire Symphony and the Dartmouth Wind Symphony.
While in high-school, Marilinda was Principal Harp for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA, for four years. She was also Principal Harp for GBYSO’s “Sinfonietta” and “Camerata” chamber orchestras. She completed 5 years as Principal Harp for the Greater Manchester Youth Symphony Orchestra, Manchester, NH, and was harpist for New England Conservatory’s Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble. She is a founding member of the Seraphim3 harp, flute, and cello trio, the Lilac Chamber
Ensemble, and the Touch of Heaven Harp Ensemble. She was Principal Harp in
the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 New Hampshire High School All-State
Orchestras, and was the 1997 and 1998 first-place winner of the N.E. Celtic
Harp competition at Loon Mountain, NH. In 1999 and 2000 she won the Greater
Boston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Gordon College Symphony
Concerto Competition and was a finalist for the American Harp Society
Marilinda has appeared on NH Crossroads, a NH public television show, and has performed on “From the Top”, a nationally broadcasted radio show. She also has frequent solo appearances and collaborations with various choral groups, such as, the Granite State Choral Society, the Tamworth Vocal Collective, the Amherst Chancel Choir, the New England Christian Choral Association, the Portsmouth Women’s Chorus, the Tufts University Chamber Singers and Chorale and the South Berwick Chorus.
Through Marilinda’s participation in various orchestras she has had the opportunity to tour many foreign countries and perform in venues such as, Boston’s Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and Harvard University’s Sander’s Theatre, Carnegie Hall of NYC, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Gran Sala of Sao Paolo, Brazil and at the European Union in Strasbourg, France.
Marilinda began her harp studies with Stephanie Curcio of Stratham, NH and has played the harp for 12 years. She is on the music faculty of Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, and St. Paul's School, Concord, NH and maintains a private studio. Marilinda is 24 years old and lives in Salem, NH .