Since 1990, Verna has won critical acclaim for her performances. Her playing was recently described as “all tears and goosebumps”.
With no less than 45 concerto performances to date, she has built a reputation as a versatile soloist with Australian premieres of concertos and many performances of the ever-popular Mozart and Handel harp concertos. One highlight was being featured as soloist with the Australian Youth Orchestra at the Adelaide Arts Festival in 1992. After making her solo debut at the age of 15, she has performed many recitals and has toured Australia as a soloist.
In 2012, Verna was awarded a grant for her sold-out multi-media performances The Harp In Nature which showcased stunning images of the Australian landscape set to harp works by Australian composers. This recital was also performed at the recent World Harp Congress in 2014.
She considers herself fortunate to have worked and recorded with various orchestras such as Singapore Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony and spent 10 years as principal harpist with Australian Youth Orchestra until the ripe old age of 27.
Verna has also performed with international artists such as Sumi Jo, Aled Jones, Il Divo, Tina Arena, the Kiev Ballet and the Deutche Kammerakademie Neuss.
Other harp activities include directing the Sydney Harp Eisteddfod, harp weekends and workshops, harp camps, lecturing at harp festivals and regularly accompanying soprano Amelia Farrugia.
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Verna plays a triple harp to add authenticity to Baroque performances
Verna performed and appeared in the film The Matrix and has performed widely for session recordings.
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Verna has a range of harps available for hire for students, amateurs, and professionals.
A sought-after teacher, Verna teaches at several Sydney schools, at the Australian Institute of Music and has a busy private studio with students from interstate and abroad. She founded the Sydney Harp Eisteddfod in 2005. She also organised the 2010 Australian Harp Weekend, bringing together many harpists from around the country and abroad.