A native of Michigan, Amy Ley now lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Windsor, Ontario. She crosses the U.S. and Canadian border often as she is the principal harpist for the Flint, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Saginaw and Windsor Symphonies. She also freelances, teaches harp at Hillsdale College and at the Blue Lake Fine Arts camp and performs chamber music regularly in both the U.S. and Canada.
Amy began studying the harp at age 16. She graduated with both Bachelor and Master degrees in harp performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Lynne Aspnes. Amy enhanced her University education by studying with Alice Challifoux at the Camden Harp Colony, Nancy Allen at the Aspen Music Festival and Xavier deMaistre at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporro, Japan.
In 1998 Amy was a finalist in the American String Teacher’s Association competition and in the summer of 1999 she placed third in the highest division of the American Harp Society competition. Amy has performed a number of concertos with the Windsor Symphony . Her performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp was broadcasted nationally in 2002 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Amy has greatly enjoyed being a part of Brave New Works since it’s inception in 1997. Performing contemporary music has not only expanded her skills as a musician but has deeply enriched her love of music as an immediate and living expression.