Laryngitis brought Rolliana, an accomplished soprano soloist, to harp. The viral illness had made it impossible for the singers of The Madison Consort of Early Music to perform five-voice madrigals for an entire season. So The Consort suggested that the singers take up early instruments and that Rolliana should get a harp. The suggestion changed her direction forever.
Her first harp, a gift from her mother, celebrated Rolliana's attainment of the Bachelor of Music degree [a second bachelor's degree] from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.
Rolliana trained for 2 years on lever harp with Sue Richards, who later went on to international stardom as four-time National Champion of the Scottish Harp Society of America, and another 9 years with Karen Atz, Principal Harpist of the Madison Symphony. She also studied harp at various clinics and workshops by such luminaries as Allison Kinnaird, Chris Caswell, Kim Robertson, Ann Heymann, Philip Boulding, Laurie Riley, Tina Tourin, Dennis Doyle, Ron Price, Liz Cifani, Janet Harbison, AibhlÃn McCrann, William Jackson and GrÃ¡inne Hambly. During summer, 2000, she studied harp with MÃ¡ire nÃ Chathasaigh and GrÃ¡inne Yeats at the school and harp festival of Cairde na Cruite in Ireland. Whereas Rolliana had at first maintained dual, yet separate careers in voice and in harp, she eventually combined the two as "HarpSinger". Thus arriving at Celtic harp from classical roots, Rolliana is one of the few trained singers in the country today who accompany themselves on Celtic harp.
Coming full circle from having earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Medical Biology from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, many years earlier, Rolliana completed hospice training in 2000 and has since served as a hospice volunteer. She uses music as a means for finding wholeness and healing, both for the performer and the listener.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Dawning of the Day
2. Cold and Raw
3. When Ye Cold Winter Nights Are Frozen
5. Morrison's Jig
6. The Canty Auld Man
7. Sheebeg and Sheemore
8. Blind Mary
9. Cornish Miners' Fancy
10. The Mermaid
11. The Red-Haired Girl
12. Song of the Eagle
13. Joy to the Person of My Love
14. Goodnight and Joy Be With You