M.M. - Rice University
Office: 42 Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Phone: (319) 273-6673
Gretchen Brumwell is the adjunct instructor of harp at the University of Northern Iowa. She serves as principal harpist of Orchestra Iowa and is an active performer throughout Iowa. As a soloist, she has appeared with Orchestra Iowa, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, the Ottumwa Symphony, the Oskaloosa Symphony, the Iowa City Community String Orchestra, and the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra.
In addition to her work at UNI, Ms. Brumwell serves as harp instructor at Grinnell College, Coe College, Cornell College, Wartburg College and Orchestra Iowa’s Symphony School. During the summer, she teaches at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival and the Northern Iowa Summer Harp Workshop. She directs several harp ensembles, including the Symphony School Advanced Harp Ensemble.
Ms. Brumwell followed an unusual path to the field of music, receiving a bachelor‘s degree in Biblical studies from Grace University before earning her master‘s degree in harp performance from Rice University. While at Rice, she was a regular substitute with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Ballet Orchestra. She has studied with Paula Page, Mary Bircher, and the legendary Alice Chalifoux.