Paula Bressman


Paula Elizabeth Bressman, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enjoys bringing the harp to new audiences through innovative collaborations, educational engagement, and diverse programming. She maintains an active and varied performance career and has played with many orchestras, including the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and is principal harpist of Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green. She has also backed singer-songwriters and added her signature warm and musicallysensitive style to several albums, including Jim Brickman’s 2011 album Romanza. Paula is a vibrant member and arranger of the classical-crossover harp duo Beyond Pluck with harpist Rachel Miller. The two have developed a strong fan base on their YouTube channel and have created multimedia and multidisciplinary programs with astronomers and visual artists. A passionate music educator, Paula is the harp faculty at Belmont University, where she has developed the commercial harp major, teaches undergraduate and graduate classical and commercial harp students, and performs regularly with the Adelicia Trio with flutist Dr. Carolyn Treybig and violist Sarah Cote. Paula is also on faculty at Austin Peay State University. Paula received her Bachelor of Music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music under the tutelage of Marian Shaffer and her Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Gillian Benet Sella. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati.