Paula is one of America’s foremost players of historical harps, performing and lecturing around the country and in Europe. She specializes in the historically informed performance of music written before 1800, using period instruments. Paula is especially active on the national scene as a performer on the arpa doppia (Baroque triple harp), the arpa de dos órdenes (Spanish cross-strung harp), and the single-action pedal harp.
Paula is available for:
Private performances (such as weddings and other special events)
Solo recitals (public and house concerts)
Chamber music concerts of early music
Church services (specializing in sacred music of the Baroque!)
Workshops and masterclasses on historical performance practice
Lectures (and lecture/recitals) on the history of the harp
Historical harpist Paula Fagerberg appears regularly at university concert halls and early music festivals throughout the United States, both in Baroque orchestras and as a chamber musician and lecturer. Specializing in the harps and repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, Paula studied the art of continuo with Nigel North and historical harps with Andrew Lawrence-King while attending graduate school at IndianaUniversity’s Early Music Institute. She graduated magna cum laude with a performance degree in early music/historical harps from ClaytonStateUniversity, where she was a student of lutenist Lyle Nordstrom and a Spivey Scholar who was awarded the honor of the University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar for her graduating class. The former editor of the Journal of the Historical Harp Society, Paula has given solo harp performances at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm as well as at the private residence of the American ambassador to Sweden. She is the cofounder and artistic director of Muses Gardin, a chamber ensemble whose core is soprano and historical harps. Ensemble work includes ongoing collaborations with the Bloomington, Indiana-based ensembles Fénix de los Ingenios and Ensemble Lipzodes as well as regular guest appearances with groups such as Ostraka, The Garlandia Consort, The Atlanta Camerata Theatre, and Atlanta Schola Cantorum.
The Bloomington Early Music Festival, May 18-28
· Solo lecture/recital on the history of the harp with examples of repertoire from various eras
· Concert with the ensemble Quarter Comma (Venetian music of the Seicento)
· Performances of Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo
Dates and times TBA.
DENTON, TX Wednesday, March 28, 8:00 PM
The University of North Texas’ Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra present "Baroque Music from Incan Peru" with guest artists Ensemble Lipzodes and Paula Fagerberg, arpa de dos ordenes; Lyle Nordstrom, director. Part of a conference on Music and Art in Baroque Cuzco (Peru). Winspear Performance Hall, UNT Murchison Performing ArtsCenter. $7/5 (arpa de dos ordenes)
Friday, January 5, 7:30 PM
“Concert for Twelfth Night.” Muses Gardin (with Brad Hughley, organ) performs sacred music from early seicento Italy. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road. (arpa doppia)
Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 PM
Advent service and harp recital. AscensionLutheranChurch, 4000 Roswell Rd NE. (arpa doppia)
DENTON, TX Friday, October 27, 8:00 PM
The University of North Texas’ Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra. This gala performance will feature Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, a collection of selections from the Psalms, with voices and period instruments. Winspear Performance Hall of the Murchison Performing ArtsCenter. (arpa doppia)
Tuesday, May 23,
The Bloomington Early Music Festival presents Ostraka in “Ex Tempore: Improvisations for Bass Viol 1553-1701.” First Presbyterian Church, 221 East 6th Street. (arpa doppia)
Sunday, April 30,
Muses Gardin presents “La Primavera: Songs of Desire and Betrayal.” The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon. (arpa doppia)
Friday, February 3,
Saturday, February 4,
Sunday, February 5,
The Ohio State University presents Monteverdi’s Incoronation of Poppea. Thurber Theatre, DrakePerformanceCenter, 1849 Cannon Drive (OSU campus). (arpa doppia)
Major works performed on historical harps include Monteverdi’s operas L’Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea, the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Carissimi’s oratorio Jepthe, and Hildegard von Bingen’s music drama Ordo Virtutum, as well as many, many smaller chamber works.