abigail hughes stoner

harpist | pianist | music educator

Abigail is an active solo artist, concert harpist and pianist, and distinguished pedagogue based in the Chicago and west suburbs area. She has performed with numerous orchestras, ensembles, and pit orchestras including the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Vermillion Trio, Wheaton College JukeBox, Rising Star Theatreworks, and many others. She has worked as a session artist, collaborating with artists such as singer/songwriter Casely, Streetlight Manifesto, and Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution.

She was the 2014 recipient of the Gulbransen Merit Scholarship from the Wheaton College Conservatory, and the 2019 and 2020 recipient of an Artistic Tuition Waiver from Northern Illinois University. She has been featured in the Italian web magazine Crono.news and has collaborated with Napoli Fashion on the Road. She appeared on CONNECTD Project’s 17th episode, and has performed at numerous venues in the Chicagoland area including the Museum of Science and Industry, The Langham Chicago, and Lyon & Healy’s Carnegie Hall.

Abigail has studied with Lillian Lau and Faye Seeman. Her orchestral and chamber coaches have included Marguerite Lynn Williams, Emily Granger, Dr. Daniel Sommerville, Maestro Brian Groner, and Dr. Benjamin Firer. She has performed in masterclasses in front of distinguished harpists such as Felice Pomeranz, Elizabeth Richter, Sarah Bullen, Gretchen Van Hoesen, and Alison Austin.

Education, Awards, Scholarships, and Publications
  • B.M. in Harp Performance, Wheaton College, 2017
  • M.M. in Harp Performance, Northern Illinois University, 2021
  • NIU Artistic Tuition Waiver, 2019 and 2020
  • Wheaton College Conservatory Gulbransen Merit Scholarship, 2014
  • Greater Chicago Area AHS Auditions and Evaluations Honor Recital 2014
  • Birch Creek Outstanding Performer Percussion/Piano/Harp Award 2013