Nora Bumanis has been Principal Harpist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1980. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied with Judy Loman. In addition to her busy orchestral schedule, Ms. Bumanis is much in demand as a soloist, recitalist and teacher. She has performed with most of the leading Canadian symphony orchestras. Nora has given recitals in Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Seattle, Prague, and Mexico City. She is also in great demand as a chamber musician and has frequently been broadcast on CBC radio and television.
Ms. Bumanis teaches at the University of Alberta and Alberta College Conservatory. She was Managing Director of the Jasper Festival of Music and Wine from 2000 – 2003, and frequently performs at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario. Nora Bumanis and Julia Shaw began their collaboration as Canada's first professional harp duo in 1988. They have recorded five CDs and performed extensively throughout Canada. She was Global TV's Woman of Vision in February 2009 and is an member of the Edmonton Glenora Rotary Club. She has been President of the Edmonton Recital Society since 2009.