Based in North Carolina, Grace Wepner Ludtke enjoys her career as a professional harpist, performing solo, chamber, and orchestral music throughout the Southeast region. Grace has performed throughout North America and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, St. George’s Church in London, and Liben Castle in Prague. She currently performs regularly in the North Carolina based harp duo, Leigh & Grace, with harpist, Leigh Stringfellow (Principal Harpist of the Durham Symphony), sharing music composed and arranged for two harps. The harp duo has performed and recorded music by Jack Jarrett, that will be featured on their debut CD ‘Gracefully’.
As a chamber and orchestral musician, Grace has performed professionally with the North Carolina Opera, Greensboro Opera, Greensboro Symphony, and Winston-Salem Symphony. She has been involved in several world-premieres and professional recordings. Grace premiered and recorded John Mackey’s Songs for the End of the World (2015), Frozen Cathedral (2013) and Joel Puckett’s Short Stories (2013) with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Wind Ensemble and Mark Engebretson’s Mysterious Voices of Wind, Moon, Trees and Dreams (2016) with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra. She also regionally premiered Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013) with the Bel Canto Company.
In 2010, Grace co-founded the North Carolina Harp Ensemble with Jacquelyn Bartlett (Professor of Harp and Chamber Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts) and currently serves as the ensemble’s manager. Together, Grace and Jacquelyn have evolved the program into three specialized ensembles for student and professional harpists. The ensemble has performed concerts throughout the state, including performances at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, and Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College.
A graduate of Converse College's Petrie School of Music in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Grace was the recipient of the Daniel Music Scholarship for harp. She teaches private harp lessons in Greensboro and is on the artist faculty for the SummerHarp Intensive at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.