Title: Professional Bagpiper and Harpist
Company: A Harp and Bagpipe for All Occasions
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Kelly Shipe, Professional Bagpiper and Harpist at A Harp and Bagpipe for All Occasions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music performance.
Ever since she was five years old, Ms. Shipe has loved music and has since dedicated her career to her craft. She first began playing the harp, and with her mother’s encouragement, continued studying music. Ms. Shipe earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 1983. That same year, she assumed the role of harpist at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Knoxville, TN, until 1985. Following this role, Ms. Shipe served as choral director of Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, TN, and retired from this position in 2016.
Ms. Shipe has performed as a professional bagpiper and harpist since 1986 and presently continues to do so through her business, A Harp and Bagpipe for All Occasions. In order to remain abreast of changes within the music industry, Ms. Shipe has attended the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming summer music camp under the direction of Sandy Jones for the past 10 years. Prior to this, Ms. Shipe earned a master’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 1996. She attributes her success to hard work, dedication and consistent practice, and plans on continuing to perform at weddings, funerals, parties and other special events.
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