John Wickey began his professional music career in the children’s choir of the Michigan Opera Theatre. At the suggestion of management, he was encouraged to study piano with Albert Fillmore, a student of Nadia Boulanger, with the goal that he would one day become a conductor of the company.
The idea of conducting was never realized, as John took up the harp after seeing Detroit’s Cass Technical High School Harp & Vocal ensemble perform. He became intrigued by the harp and after a few years of study, John was awarded a full tuition Dean’s Scholarship from Boston University to work with Lucile Lawrence.
John Wickey holds a diploma in piano performance from the Detroit College of Musical Arts, a Bachelors in Harp Performance from Boston University and a Masters from the University of Michigan where he studied with Lynne Aspnes. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Eastern Musical Festival Orchestra in North Carolina with conductors such as Neemi Järvi, Simon Rattle, John Williams and Michael Tilson-Thomas.
In 2009 John and Lynne Aspnes revived their earlier duo and currently perform as the TrueNorth Harp Duo. In 2011, TrueNorth performed at the AHS Summer Institute, the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, and released their self-titled first CD. Soon after, John joined the Modern Harp Quartet, made up of members from three generations of harpists who started playing the harp at Cass Tech in Detroit. In 2012, he launched the Atlanta Harp Center Ensemble composed of professional and advanced amateur harpists.
John Wickey now lives and works in the Atlanta area where he maintains a teaching studio, composes, arranges, and devotes the many hats that he has worn in his career to promoting the harp.