Calista Anne Koch, harpist – February 9, 2014

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Nationally recognized harpist Calista Anne Koch has been performing professionally

since she was a young adult, growing up in Marietta, Georgia, and has been performing

throughout the United States since the late 1980s. As a young adult, she performed in

the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cobb Youth Orchestra, and with numerous

community ensembles including the Atlanta Community Orchestra. After winning

several concerto competitions, national scholarships, as well as attending the world

premier Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Festival on full scholarship, Calista

Anne accepted a full scholarship to study harp at Florida State University. During her

time in Florida, she competed and won many scholarships, competitions, and was

highlighted in the American Harp Journal as being an exceptional young harpist and her

work as a music therapist. Calista Anne moved back to Georgia after completing her

undergraduate degree in Music Therapy in 1999 and quickly became highly sough after

as a performer for weddings, private events, as well as a teacher to students of all ages.

She moved to Covington, GA, where she was co-founder of the Covington Community

Church Orchestra. She moved to Macon, GA. in 2004, where she went on to obtain

Masters degrees in both Harp Performance and Church Music as well as certifications

in Gerontology as well as Suzuki Pedagogy. As a performer, she specializes in

weddings but often performs for receptions, engagement parties, church cantatas and

services, banquets, corporate events, grand openings, memorial services and other


Calista Anne Koch has had the honor of performing for two United States Presidents,

one Vice President, Senators, Congressmen, four State Governors, many local and

state politicians, as well as the guests at Toni Braxton’s wedding, many famous athletes

and musicians, and many TV personalities. Her CDs are even used for enrichment with

the belugas at the GA. Aquarium.

As a teacher, Calista Anne Koch leads several ensembles, coaches her students that

are members of the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has more than 15 private

harp students. She is the harp professor at Mercer University. Her students have won

competitions, scholarships, and several have placed and won Miss America preliminary

competitions. Several of her students have gone on to study harp at different

universities around the country.

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