ANNA KATE MACKLE (principal harp) holds the Dick and Helen Minck Chair as Principal Harpist of The Florida Orchestra, a position she has held since 1999. A former EMF student, she began teaching at EMF in 2000. Mackle is a six-time concerto soloist with The Florida Orchestra, and has also performed concertos with Eastern Music Festival, the New World Symphony, the Mansfield Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, the Baldwin-Wallace University Orchestra, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Before joining The Florida Orchestra, Mackle held principal harp positions in the New World Symphony, the Wheeling and Mansfield Symphonies, the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestras in the U.S. and Italy. Mackle and her husband, EMF principal percussionist John Shaw, formed the Mackle Shaw Duo in 2018, and since then have commissioned three new works for harp and percussion, as well as a work for solo toy piano and electronics. The Mackle Shaw Duo was the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance in 2021, and are semi-finalists in two award categories from The American Prize: Virtual Performance and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Prize for the Performance of American Music (2021-2022). Mackle teaches at St. Petersburg College, and also teaches and coaches for orchestral auditions privately from her home. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Alice Chalifoux. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with John, their daughter Madeline, and three cats.
Celebrating 62 Years of Inspired Music Making!
June 24 – July 29, 2023