Anastasia Pike is on the performance faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Teachers College/Columbia University, and Christopher Newport University. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, and has master’s degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and the University of Maryland, where she also received two bachelor’s degrees with honors. She completed additional studies at the Juilliard School, the MasterWorks Festival – London, and upon personal invitation to the Salzedo School. Her primary instructors were the late Grammy award-winning Cleveland Orchestra principal harpist Alice Chalifoux and former National Symphony Orchestra harpist Jeanne Chalifoux.
Pike has performed on national and international television, and in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center. She has also performed with members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the English Philharmonic, Europa Galante, the London Mozart Players, L’Orchestra des Champs Elysees, and the Metropolitan Opera.
She is also a member of The Sprezzatura Duo, formed with fellow harpist Kate Loughrey. In 2012, she co-founded the Harps for Kids Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that provides lessons and community outreach programs to local youth. The Sprezzatura Duo gave the world premiere of their second commission at the 2016 American Harp Society’s National Conference; their debut album is scheduled for release this year. Pike also co-founded the Élan Ensemble and the Élan Concert and Lecture series; the Élan Ensemble performed at the 2017 American Harp Society’s Summer Institute; their debut album is also scheduled for release this year.
Pike’s articles have appeared in the American Harp Journal and the encyclopedias Great Lives from History: African-Americans, Great Lives from History: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, Great Lives from History: Latinos, The Twenties in America, The Thirties in America, and Music andComposers of the Twentieth Century. Her research interests include assessment and evaluation of music in higher education, musician biographies, music and medicine, and interdisciplinary music education. She is a regular presenter at the College Music Society’s National Conferences, and was the Event Director of the day-long 2016 pre-conference workshop. Pike has also presented at the Mid-Atlantic Harp Festival, and presented at the 2017 American Harp Society’s Summer Institute in Northfield, Minnesota.
Pike was awarded the United States Navy’s CMC Award for her volunteer work providing therapeutic music performances to the wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Harps for Kids Foundation, and is the President of the Washington, DC chapter of the American Harp Society.