Manijéh René Pickard attended MidAmerica Nazarene University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music Performance and Music Pedagogy in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education. Her teachers include Deborah Wells Clark, Principal Harpist of the Kansas City Symphony, Tabitha Reist Steiner, Wesley Kelly, and Roseanne Gortenburg. After graduating, she served as the President of the Kansas City Lyra Chapter of the American Harp Society for three years.
Manijéh René Pickard knew she was to be a harpist from the very moment she first saw the harp in the children’s movie Little Nemo’s Adventures in Slumberland. She began studying the harp when she was seven years old. While growing up in Kansas City, she performed with harp ensembles and participated in music festivals. Her performance appearances include the Plaza Arts Festival, Washburn University Symphony Orchestra, MNU String Ensemble and MNU Concert Band. During her senior year in college, Manijéh was selected to perform in the MNU Music Honors Recital 2011.
Manijéh currently resides in Philadelphia where she serves as the President of the Philadelphia Harp Chapter of the American Harp Society. She maintains an active teaching studio in the Philadelphia area and abroad through Skype lessons. Manijéh is on faculty with the Community Music School in Trappe, Pennsylvania, and is the acting director of the Temple University Preparatory Harp Ensemble. Manijéh also remains an active member of the Olathe Music Teacher’s Association, Mid-America Music Association, Kansas City Lyra Chapter, Philadelphia Harp Chapter, and the American Harp Society.