Performance Degree, Royal College of Music, London
B.M. Curtis Institute of Music
M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Piper Runnion-Bareford has taught harp courses at Gordon College since 2010. She also teaches at Manchester Community Music School, Manchester Community Music School and St. Paul’s School. Ms. Runnion-Bareford made her first solo appearance with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra when she was 14 years old. Since then, she has played as soloist for numerous orchestras around New England, as well as in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. She had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., performing Handel’s Concerto in B-flat with the Washington Choral Arts Society, during her senior year at the Curtis Institute. She has played as principal harp for the Baltimore Symphony, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and the New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic. While living in Philadelphia she had the privilege of being a member of the harp section for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance and recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6. While studying in England, Ms. Runnion-Bareford was a member of the Prince Consort Harp Ensemble, and was sent to represent the Royal College of Music at the World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland.
She has had the privilege of studying under Judy Loman and Elizabeth Hainen, as well as studying advanced harmony with Edward Aldwell.
Ms. Runnion-Bareford is completing coursework in a double degree program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where she is a candidate for master's degrees in divinity and in urban ministry. She performs regularly throughout New England as a soloist and as a member of the Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble.