Ms. Anna Kate Mackle has been the principal harpist with The Florida Orchestra since 1999. A former EMF student, she has been on the faculty of Eastern Music Festival since 2000. She has been a featured concerto soloist with The Florida Orchestra four times, performing Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Ginastera's Harp Concerto, and Takemitsu's Toward the Sea II. She has also performed concerti with Eastern Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Baldwin-Wallace College Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Ms. Mackle was previously principal harpist of the New World Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festivals (Italy and USA), Sarasota Opera Orchestra,Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Colorado Music Festival.
Ms. Mackle has a B.M. from Baldwin-Wallace College and a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Alice Chalifoux at both institutions. In high school she attended the Mannes and Manhattan Schools of Music in the preparatory divisions.
Ms. Mackle has toured with Josh Groban, Chris Botti, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and has performed with several touring Broadway shows. She is also the principal harpist with St. Petersburg Opera and Opera Tampa, is on the faculty of St. Petersburg College, and was named one of Tampa Bay's top ten female musicians by Creative Loafing magazine in 2007.
Ms. Mackle is married to John Shaw, principal percussion of Eastern Music Festival and The Florida Orchestra. They live in St. Petersburg, Florida with their daughter Madeline and two cats.