Harpist, Educator, and Activist Angelica Hairston is known for her fiery performances and passion for social change. Throughout her career, she has made it a priority to create social impact through the power of the arts. In 2016, she founded the organization Challenge the Stats, an organization dedicated to empowering BIPOC artists and amplifying the call for justice both on and off the concert stage.
With an ease on camera, engaging personality, and a culturally-relevant framework, Angelica is an in-demand speaker, presenter, and performer for virtual and in-person engagements across the globe. Angelica has served organizations such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, the Sphinx Organization, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, NPR’s From the Top, and the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy.
As a passionate educator, Angelica serves as an Artistic Consultant for the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble and was a keynote speaker at the Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference. She was recently celebrated as one of the youngest recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities and the 2020 Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark Award; both awards recognized her significant contributions to the state of Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service.
Angelica holds a Master of Music Industry Leadership from Northeastern University as a 2015 MLK Fellow and a Bachelor of Music from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada where she studied with world-renowned harpist Judy Loman.