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Jennifer Hoult

A true Renaissance woman, Jennifer Hoult's professional credits span the fields of music, law, and engineering. For over three decades, she has appeared throughout the United States and Europe as a harp soloist in concerts, workshops, teaching, television, and radio appearances. Beginning work as a professional musician at the age of 12, Ms. Hoult appeared as soloist under the baton of Arthur Fiedler with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra at age 15. After winning the Youth in Concert Competition performing Ginastera’s Concerto at age 16, she gave her solo debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp at Boston's Symphony Hall. In 1995, she was presented in her New York City debut recital to a capacity house at Carnegie Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists' International Auditions. After winning the American Harp Society Concert Competition, she toured the U.S. as the American Harp Society Concert Artist Designate from 1994-1996. She has appeared to critical acclaim as soloist with the Trenton Symphony, New Haven Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Manhattan Philharmonic, American Chamber Orchestra (performing the world premiere of Carlos Salzedo's Second Concerto), and the German Schwarzenbrucker Kammerorchester.

Formerly Principal Harp of the Florida Orchestra and Bridgeport Symphony, Ms. Hoult is Principal Harp of the New Haven Symphony. She has performed with a variety of orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, EOS, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Concordia. Her festival credits include Bard, Bayreuth, Chatauqua, OK Mozart, Spoleto, and Tanglewood. Her Broadway credits include Lincoln Center’s “Bernarda Alba” and “The Frogs,” the revivals of “110 in the Shade” and “1776,” and ten years of Madison Square Garden’s “A Christmas Carol.” Her recording credits include film scores, solo, orchestral, and choral works. In addition to her solo album, “The Eve of Christmas,” she can be heard on recordings with Nathan Lane, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Barbara Conrad, Mandy Patinkin, and Dawn Upshaw.

For two decades, Ms. Hoult worked as a volunteer combating sexual violence and child abuse in various capacities. A New York State certified rape crisis counselor, Chemical Bank awarded her volunteer work in the emergency room at New York City's St. Luke’s Hospital in 1987. She has appeared as an invited speaker at various national and international conferences, including the Harvard Medical School conference on Psychological Trauma, the national conference of the American Psychological Association, and the international conference of the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, and has published articles and columns dealing with legal issues that affect victims of sexual violence. Her efforts have helped result in substantive changes in state and federal legislation and precedent holding sex offenders accountable. She was a member of the VAWA 2001 Legislative Taskforce. A former prosecutor and children's Law Guardian, she published the first comprehensive article on Parental Alienation Syndrome in the Children's Legal Rights Journal in 2006.

As an artificial intelligence software engineer, Ms. Hoult spent nearly a decade designing and implementing software using natural language processing and expert systems' technologies. She holds Bachelors degrees from Manhattan School of Music (Harp) and Barnard College (Religion & Computer Science), and a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law.

Sample reviews:

"Claude Debussy's modest Danses: Sacree et Profane... proved to be the musical gem of the first half... Ms. Hoult's playing was bright and clear, offering a sense of majesty and sweeping passion... [Her] playing demonstrated depth and character, a grace that packed a powerful punch."
New Bedford Standard-Times

"A gem... Jennifer Hoult understood how to communicate the sensitivities of the harp compositions masterfully. The soloist played with tangible intensity and expressed the nuances proficiently. The longlasting applause for the extraordinary performance was more than earned."
Der Bote, Schwartzenbruck,
Germany

"Ms. Hoult's performance was definitely the highlight of the evening. Her playing is bright and almost teasing, yet flowing, totally appropriate for the Impressionistic musical canvas of Debussy's music…Her articulation was exceptional - she seemed to subtly convey the swells and ebbs of dynamics which wash over one like a giant wave of sound..."
The Trentonian

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