Charles Overton

Charles Overton is a Boston-based harpist and performer of classical, jazz and world music.

Equally at home in an orchestra or in a jazz club, Boston-based harpist, Charles Overton aims to create a musical environment that is accessible, exciting, and resonates deeply with audiences.

Originally from Richmond, VA, he began his musical journey with formative experiences with the American Youth Harp Ensemble and the Interlochen Arts Academy before moving to Boston in 2012 to expand his musical horizons at the Berklee College of Music.

During his studies he became immersed in the world of jazz and improvised music, owing much of his outlook on music to lessons from the renowned artist-faculty of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

Charles performs frequently with the Boston Symphony as both a second and substitute harpist, this season joining them on a week-long tour to Japan.

Highlights in chamber music include three summers performing at the Yellow Barn Summer Music Festival, as well as concerts with Castle of Our Skins, Walden Chamber Players, and the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia.


An avid jazz musician, he appears regularly in clubs all over the northeast, including Jimmy’s, Scullers, Regattabar, as both leader and sideman. Charles currently serves on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.