American harpist Jacqueline Pollauf, praised for playing with "transcendent ability" (Megan Ihnen, Sybaritic Singer), and a "steady and most satisfying elegance" (Stephen Cornelius, The Toledo Blade), made her solo debut at age sixteen with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra (Perrysburg, OH). She has since made solo appearances with many orchestras including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (Toledo, OH) and the Newark Symphony Orchestra (Newark, DE) and has given solo recitals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including at the Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD) and the University of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD). Jacqueline has collaborated with the Scottish Voices, (Glasgow, Scotland) on two US tours and will be featured on their upcoming recording release on the Parma Label. Her 2009 solo album, Bouquet, was lauded as "glittering" and "lovely." (Clayton G. Koonce, Felis Pushkini)
Although trained as a classical musician, Jacqueline increasingly explores other avenues of music, including appearances with hip hop artists on the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, experimental jazz with the ensemble Volcanic Ash on the Washington Women in Jazz Festival and free improv as part of the Out of Your Head Collective. More conventionally, she has performed with the VERGE Ensemble and given performances on the Mobtown Modern Music Series and the Evolution New Music Series. Jacqueline has presented seminars on composing for the harp at the Peabody Conservatory, Duke University, and Catholic University of America, among others.
Jacqueline is the principal harpist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. She is featured on the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Naxos recording, Howard Hanson: Organ Concerto. Jacqueline has also performed with such ensembles as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera Company, the Cantate Chamber Singers and Opera Vivente.
Collaborating with saxophonist Noah Getz, Jacqueline is a member of Pictures on Silence, a harp and saxophone new music ensemble whose performances range from staged theatrical shows to house concerts to interactive electronic works. Pictures on Silence released its debut album, Voyage, in 2012, and has been recognized with numerous awards and grants, including a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, an American Composer's Forum Encore Grant, and a Yellow Barn Artist Residency. They have commissioned over twenty new works and perform across the East Coast.
Jacqueline is on the faculties of American University, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Goucher College, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Additionally, she is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp. Jacqueline holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Ruth K. Inglefield.