51 Strings, a Harp and Cello Duo, was formed in 2005 to combine
musical artistry of Jake Muzzy (Cello) and Hannah Muzzy (Harp). Their
first tour took them to Cordoba, Argentina for eleven concerts. The duo
has since performed across the United States including a tour of the east
coast. Their performances feature their own arrangements of classical
repertoire with forays into sacred and popular music, as well as the
tangos of Piazzolla. At their concerts Jake and Hannah
speak about the lordship of Jesus Christ in their lives and in music, and
encourage their audience to participate in the ministry of their sponsors,
Jake Muzzy (Cello) began the study of cello at four years of age. He has won distinction in competitions such as the Masterworks Festival Concerto Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Student Auditions and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He studied with Carol Ourada in Wheaton and Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University before taking his Masters from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Geber. He held the position of Principal Cellist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before moving to the Chicago area. He is on the faculty of the Wheaton College Conservatory and teaches at the Masterworks Festival during the summer.
Hannah Muzzy (Harp) spent her childhood in Guatemala where her parents were missionaries. She studied piano from the age of six and was drawn to the harp after moving to Australia in her early teens. She felt called to play the harp to bless others. At age 19 she began studies in Australia with Alexandra Shepherd and continued at the Australian National University with Alice Giles. She spent eight months in Cordoba, Argentina studying with Dora Zenobi. Since her move to the USA and marriage she has performed with the Memphis Symphony, at Harding University, and in other venues and events. She and Jake have four sons and make their home in West Chicago, Illinois.