Lucy Scandrett

2012

Lucy Scandrett

Lucy's involvement with the American Harp Society began when she wrote a letter to Sylvia Meyer, Chapter Chairman of the AHS at that time, asking about starting a Chapter of the AHS. In 1978 she started the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AHS serving as President and other offices in the chapter and started the Chapter Holiday Concerts. In 1987 she was the AHS National Conference Chair for the Conference at Chatham University. She has served on the Board of the AHS for 18 years beginning in 1989 and was the MidAtlantic Regional Director for 6 years, RD Coordinator for 1 year, 1st Vice-President for 1 year and President for 8 years. She has served on many committees and continues to serve as Group Co-Coordinator (with Jan Bishop) of the National Conferences and Institutes, on the Presidential Advisory Committee, on the Grant Committee and as Chair of the Interview Series.

Lucy's professional career includes Principal Harp of the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra (25 years) and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra (15 years), Civic Light Opera Orchestra (32 years), solo Harpist for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (25 years), Principal Harpist of the Johnston Symphony, Butler Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony and McKeesport Symphony (currently), Gateway to the Arts(currently) and numerous other organizations. She continues to perform with orchestras and choirs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, give recitals and teach at Indiana University of PA, Chatham University, Seton Hill University, Geneva College, the Ellis School, the School of Music of Musik Innovations, the Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 School in Pittsburgh in addition to a private studio. She has performed with major artists of opera and shows for many years, from Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domengo to Yul Bryner, Bernadette Peters and Matthew Broderick.

Lucy, Jan Bishop and Ruth Papalia formed The 3 of Harps in 2004, and have given recitals and workshops in OH, PA, NY, NC, FL, the Royal Academy in London, and at an AHS National Conference. They have commissioned 2 works for harp trio and one of the works "The 3 of Harps" will be published soon. They became acquainted with each other while serving in administrative roles in the AHS and continue to enjoy playing and concertizing together!