Frances Thiele is a genuine and approachable performer who merges a wealth of historical knowledge with an innate understanding of her instrument to create something special and unique for audiences.
She began studying the harp at age nine and it has remained a lifelong vocation. She has performed extensively at music festivals and other events in Australia and played with larger classical ensembles such as the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Melbourne City Opera Company, Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Harp Ensemble.
Frances is a dedicated teacher of music to senior secondary school students as well as having a private harp studio in Macedon, Victoria. She gives regular workshops to local harp
groups and runs several student and adult ensembles. She has been actively involved in the Australian harp community and was Academic Coordinator and a member of the Organizing Committee for the Sydney World Harp Congress.
With high-level training in both double-action pedal and lever harp playing, Frances is a vocal advocate for the development of a separate lever harp teaching and technique pathway. With this in mind, she is constantly composing and arranging works for lever harp.
In addition to being a musician and harp teacher, Frances is an award winning historian with a PhD in British History from the University of Adelaide. She is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition and a published author.
Book Frances Thiele:
Fran is available as a soloists (perfect for Wedding ceremonies and receptions), in small ensembles with Piano and Strings and in Folk Ensembles.
Frances is a featured member and composer with The Voyagers.