ANNA KATE MACKLE has been the principal harpist with The Florida Orchestra since 1999. An EMF alumna, she has been on EMF’s faculty since 2000. She has been a featured concerto soloist with The Florida Orchestra, performing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea II, and Debussy’s Danse sacrée et profane. She has also performed concerti with the Eastern Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Mackle was principal harpist of the New World Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festivals (Italy and U.S.), Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and Colorado Music Festival.
Mackle has a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin Wallace College and a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Alice Chalifoux at both institutions. In high school, she attended the Mannes and Manhattan School of Music in the preparatory divisions.
Mackle has performed with Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Seal, Bernadette Peters, and Joshua Bell, among others, and has toured with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Chris Botticelli, and Frank Sinatra, Jr., as well as Broadway productions of The King and I, A Christmas Story, The Sound of Music, and State Fair. She also plays principal harp with Opera Tampa, serves on the faculty of St. Petersburg College, and was named one of Tampa Bay’s top ten female musicians by Creative Loaﬁng magazine in 2007.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and reading and has completed three marathons, several skyscraper races, a 100-day hot yoga challenge, and yoga with goats, cats and llamas. Mackle is married to John Shaw, principal percussion of Eastern Music Festival and The Florida Orchestra. They live in St. Petersburg, FL, with their daughter Madeline and too many cats.