Being A Harpist

Short Bio (for press)

Monica Schley is a classically-trained musician, specializing in new music, chamber, improvisation, avant-garde, jazz and rock. She has collaborated as a composer and performer for several multi-media public shows and has worked with artists such as Ahamefule Oluo, Butch Morris, Jherek Bischoff, Secret Chiefs 3, Eyvand Kang, Christina Vantzou, Hey Marsailles, and Kanye West. Currently, she composes, sings and performs in her modern chamber pop trio, The Daphnes and is a Certified Clinical Musician, playing harp in hospitals and hospice. Her poetry has appeared over a dozen literary magazines and her chapbook “Black Eden: Nocturnes” (Pudding House Press) was published in 2010. She is a contributing writer at She has received support from the Espy Foundation.


Long Bio (for press)

Monica Schley is a life-long musician. Before moving to the West Coast thirteen years ago, she earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she studied poetry and music. Her main instrument is harp, and she also sings, plays piano and composes. She is a Certified Clinical Musician in hospitals and hospices, a private harp instructor, recording artist, poet, and performer at public shows and private events.

She has had the pleasure to work with pop stars, jazz luminaries and indie rockers, including: Jim Knapp; Eyvand Kang; Jherek Bischoff; Evan Flory-Barnes; Ahamefule Oluo, Samantha Boshnak; Butch Morris; Seattle Rock Orchestra; Bill Horist; Kanye West; Lori Goldston; Rosalyn DeRoos; Jesse Sykes; and with the bands Hey Marseilles, Secret Chiefs 3; Parenthetical Girls, The Dead Science and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

In 2004, she received an artist residency from the Espy Foundation. Her poetry has appeared in Seattle’s Poetry on the Buses, Raven Chronicles, KNOCK, and Burnside Review and her poetry chapbook “Black Eden: Nocturnes” (Pudding House Press) was published in 2010.

She has composed for site-specific work at Seattle Center with installation artist Mandy Greer, and has worked with artists Sarah Kavage & Adria Garcia for their site-specific Kabuya piece in the King County Parks System. Monica has been a featured artist on Nancy Guppy’s ArtZone (Seattle Channel) and at after hours events at Seattle Art Museum and Bellevue Art Museum.

She is currently working on an album of her own music entitled, “Keep the Night Dark.”