Based in South Beach, Chloe Tula is a second-year Harp Fellow with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. After her NWS debut last season, her playing was recognized immediately as "exquisitely contoured" (South Florida Classical Review). Having performed with ensembles in venues across the country from Carnegie Hall in New York to the great outdoors of the Rocky Mountains, Ms. Tula has proven herself to be a versatile performer, comfortable in a wide variety of sonic environments. She began her harp studies at the age of ten and grew up in southeastern Wisconsin.
Since making her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen, Ms. Tula has established herself as a prizewinning harpist. Last season, she won the opportunity of her concerto debut with the New World Symphony, in performances of Glière’s Concerto for Harp, in which her "precision and verve were manifest" (South Florida Classical Review). In 2014, she won the Anne Adams Awards, a biennial national competition for solo harpists sponsored by the American Harp Society, as well as first prize in the Mildred Milligan Harp Competition.
As a scholarship recipient, Ms. Tula has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for two consecutive summers, where she studied with Nancy Allen (Principal Harp, New York Philharmonic) and Anneleen Lenaerts (Principal Harp, Vienna Philharmonic).
In demand for the musicality and clarity she brings to the orchestra, her orchestral engagements have included performances with the Houston Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera. She has worked with conductors from all over the world, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Kenneth Montgomery, Mark Wigglesworth, Pablo Heras-Casado, Roberto Abbado, Stéphane Denève, and John Williams. She also has had the privilege of sharing the stage with international legends Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, and Augustin Hadelich. Comfortable as an artist outside of the classical realm, Ms. Tula has immensely enjoyed performing with Pink Martini, the Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble, Ben Folds, and Jacob Collier.
Recognizing the need for being a multi-faceted advocate for music, Ms. Tula strives to go beyond being a classical performer. Launching a new initiative this season to promote children's literacy and exposure to the harp in South Florida, she will be giving a recital series titled “Tales from the Harp” throughout Miami that will also function as a book drive and fundraiser for Miami-Dade Public Library System. Last season, she worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas to curate “Double Take” - an immersive evening concert that brought visual and musical arts together for new audiences at New World Center, encouraging audiences to visually respond (through drawing) to the music of Schoenberg and Debussy. Through NWS, Ms. Tula has had the privilege of serving as guest faculty at the Iberacademy in Medellín, Colombia. During her time at Rice, she was a recipient of the Sviatslov Richter outreach grant from the Shepherd School of Music and performed a recital series for children in hospitals throughout the Texas Medical Center. Ms. Tula continues to work closely with her hometown youth orchestra — the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra — to maintain a scholarship fund for students, in memory of her late father.
Ms. Tula received her Bachelor’s degree — graduating magna cum laude “with Distinction in Research and Creative Works” — from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with Paula Page, former Principal Harpist of the Houston Symphony. Prior to that, she studied with Danis Kelly, former Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera. Ms. Tula performs on a Salzedo model harp by Chicago harpmaker Lyon & Healy, built in 2015. When not in Miami, she enjoys spending time with her partner, Francesco, at their other residence in Eugene, Oregon.
About the New World Symphony
The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 29 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1000 alumni worldwide.
A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ extensive distance learning via the internet.
NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony.
In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity based on their musical achievement and promise, as well as their passion for the future of classical music.