A b o u t m e
"You have to work like the devil to play like an angel."
- Carlos Salzedo
Manijéh René Pickard attended MidAmerica Nazarene University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music Performance and Music Pedagogy in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education. Her teachers include Deborah Wells Clark, Principal Harpist of the Kansas City Symphony, Tabitha Reist Steiner, Wesley Kelly, and Roseanne Gortenburg. On August 25, 2013, she became the President of the Kansas City Lyra Chapter, an organization that promotes the harp.
Manijéh René Pickard knew she was to be a harpist from the very moment she first saw the harp in the children’s movie Little Nemo’s Adventures in Slumberland. She began studying the harp when she was seven years old. While growing up in Kansas City, she performed with harp ensembles and participated in music festivals. Her performance appearances include the Plaza Arts Festival, Washburn University Symphony Orchestra, MNU String Ensemble and MNU Concert Band. During her senior year in college, Manijéh was selected to perform in the MNU Music Honors Recital 2011.
Manijéh currently resides in Philadelphia where she freelances and teaches harp and piano lessons in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area. She maintains strong ties with Kansas City by serving as the President of the KC Lyra Chapter and continuing lessons with a select few students. She also remains an active member of the Olathe Music Teacher’s Association, the Mid-America Music Association, Philadelphia Harp Chapter, and the American Harp Society.