Abigail Hughes is an active harpist, pianist, and solo artist based in the Chicagoland area. She has a vibrant career performing repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary, bridging all areas of music on harp. Her music is described as “bold and elegant,” and passion permeates every note.
Abigail has performed with various orchestras including the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and has toured nationally with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra. She has played on the Rising Star Theatreworks Pit in their Wizard of Oz and Legally Blonde productions, and on the Wheaton College Jukebox Theater in their production of The Fantastiks. Abigail enjoys collaborating with her musician colleagues, and often remarks that some of her favorite music to play is chamber music. She has recorded with multiple performing artists including The Jank Guitar Store and American singer Casely, and has played in numerous chamber ensembles, giving performances and premiers of new works at Wheaton College, Trinity College, and Elgin Community College. She has given solo recitals and performances in numerous venues including the Norris Arts Cultural Center and Lyon and Healy Hall. Abigail has received various awards and scholarships including the 2013 Outstanding Performer’s Scholarship from Birch Creek and the Gulbranson Merit Scholarship from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
In addition to her performing, Abigail has an active teaching career. She runs her own private studio for piano and harp, established in 2013. Her students actively participate in recitals, local competitions, and youth ensembles. Abigail strongly believes music is more than just learning to play an instrument, and strives to bring musical creativity, history, and theory into all her lessons.
Abigail has studied under notable teachers Lillian Lau and Faye Seeman and graduated from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Harp Performance. She continues her career in musical pursuits by actively engaging audiences through solo recitals, orchestra concerts, chamber recitals, and harp demos.