Brightin Rose Schlumpf was born in Seattle, WA to loving and creative parents who chose her name due to the stunning brightness of the morning in June when she was born. Brightin spent her first 10 years on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, in a childhood full of creativity and exploration. On Vashon, Brightin started Suzuki Violin studies at the age of 6. She asked her mother if she could start violin after observing her peers play and longing to be able to join them in their music making. At age 10, Brightin moved to Houston, TX and eventually to Philadelphia, PA at the age of 15. These diverse locations were exciting for her formative years, as she was exposed to many kinds of music, wonderful people, and varied cultures.
Following high school, Brightin attended Cornell University, initially planning to pursue medicine, but soon realizing her calling was in music. Thus, she graduated cum laude as a music major. Brightin also ran Division I cross-country/track at Cornell her freshman year, but soon realized she needed to focus more on her academics and violin in order to be successful. She continues to run, and enjoys competing in distance running events, including the Boston Marathon in 2008. Brightin moved to Boston following her graduation from Cornell, where she completed her first MM in violin/viola performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. At CU Boulder she completed a second MM in viola performance as the graduate teaching assistant to Erika Eckert, and was lucky enough to work with Erika and Geri Walther, the violist with the Takacs Quartet.
As a freelance musician in the Boulder/Denver area, Brightin regularly performs with ensembles including, but not limited to, the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Wyoming Symphony, Spinphony and various chamber music ensembles. Brightin also maintains a private teaching studio at her home in Boulder and in Golden, CO.
Brightin has been married to her incredible husband, Scott, since 2016 and they currently co-parent a sweet cat, named Mr. Kitty. They enjoy many activities together, some of which include, skiing, hiking, biking, traveling, and cooking.
Brightin is delighted by her position at Boulder Valley Waldorf as she gets to work with inspiring children and to enlighten them on the power of music as a tool for communication, an opportunity to develop discipline, and a way to bring beauty to someone else’s life through playing.