Cheyenne Brown

About

Alaskan-born Cheyenne Brown has been based in Scotland for over half her life where she performs and teaches the Scottish harp. Her playing style is characteristically free and creative, making much use of improvisation, basslines and contrasting textures.

She is now based in the Highlands, where she enjoys using the scenery and history as inspiration for her arrangements and compositions.

Cheyenne has a busy teaching studio, with both local pupils and ones zooming in from around the world.  Besides studio tutoring, she also travels to teach at workshops around the world.  She spent seven years travelling monthly during term time to De Zingende Snaar in the Netherlands, the largest harp store in Europe, to teach Scottish music lessons.  She re-founded the Glasgow Branch of the Clarsach Society, and is current convenor of the Highland Branch of the Clarsach Society.

Some of the international festivals that Cheyenne has performed/taught at include:

Recently, Cheyenne has performed live on Radio 3, taught at the Edinburgh Harp Festival, and performed at Dinan Harp Festival in Brittany.

Her trio, the North Atlantic Project, enjoyed performing again post-pandemic throughout the last year.

Cheyenne gained an Honours degree in Scottish music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow in 2006, where she had a full scholarship from the Associated Board of Music. In November of 2009, she was awarded an MSc in Scottish Ethnology from the University of Edinburgh. The research-based masters degree allowed her to carry out fieldwork in never-before studied areas of the Scottish harp. She researched the development in the construction of the Scottish harp since its revival in the 1930s through to today’s modern builders.