Vonda Darr - Harpist

About Vonda

Vonda Darr - harpist

Vonda Darr is currently the principal classical harpist for the North Carolina Symphony.  She has been the principal harpist for the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Georgia since 1993 and was principal harpist for the Augusta Opera for twelve years.  She performs as substitute principal and second harp for the Nashville Symphony. She is a session harpist and is a part of the Nashville Recording Orchestra.  She was the principal harpist for the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in 2021.  As part of the NC Symphony, Vonda participated in the inaugural SHIFT Festival for American Orchestras, performing in both the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution.  As an orchestral musician, she has performed with musicians including Art Garfunkel, LeAnn Rimes, Ronnie Milsap, Amy Grant, Matthew Morrison, and Olivia Newton-John. She has also performed on the national tours of Broadway’s The King and I, My Fair Lady, and Weird Al Yankovic’s Strings Attached tour.

Vonda is an active chamber and solo recitalist.  She performs as Duo Venandi with flutist Wendy Cohen, as the Vega Harp Duo with harpist Carolyn Munford, and is a founding member of the Lyra Vivace Chamber Ensemble.  The Vega Harp Duo performed the world premiere of Miguel del Aguila’s Submerged for Two Harps in 2021.  They commissioned the work Echoes from the South by Martin David Jones, with a world premiere performance at the American Harp Society national conference in 2022.  Vonda performed with LACE (Living Art Collective Ensemble) at the National Gallery of Art in DC, has performed on the North Carolina Symphony Manning Chamber Series, and has been a frequent guest artist with Chamber Music Charleston.  Vonda has also presented concerts for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and for the American Harp Society National Conference.  Vonda also loves performing pop and rock music and experimenting with effects pedals.

Vonda is the inventor of Pocket Harp Pedals, which is available in both a physical device form and an app.  It is an interactive harp pedal chart, which is a universally used marking for pedal harpists.  The product was launched in 2022.

Ms. Darr has recorded two solo harp CD's, Prayers Without Words and Hear the Angels: A Christmas Collection. Duo Venandi's debut CD Fantasie has been featured nationally on public radio through Classical 24.