Member Event Calendar 2017-2018

Updated January 12, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30 pm. Abigail Kent, AHS Concert Artist, in Recital. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, CA. Tickets $15 for BACAHS members and $25 for non-members, available online or at the door. Program to include music by: Jacques de la Presley, J.S. Bach, Louis Spohr, Franz Liszt, Nino Rota, Germaine Tailleferre, Gabriel Fauré, and Carlos Salzedo.

Saturday, February 16, 1-3 pm. Harp Day for Kids
hosted by the Multicultural Music Fellowship. For kids ages 5-12. Bring your harp and enjoy playing games. Treats and prizes. Donations accepted at the door. In Berkeley. RSVP: 510-548-3326

Friday, April 12, 6-8 pm Diana Stork and Portia Diwa, Harp Music at the Grace Cathedral indoor Labyrinth. Walk the labyrinth in candlelight and in silence to the beautiful sounds of their two interweaving harps. Donations welcome at the door, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street (at Taylor St.), San Francisco, CA 94108., 510-548-3326.

Saturday, June 8, 2019.  Harps Etc Spring Recital featuring students and ensembles.  First recital is 4-6pm, followed by a reception from 6-7 pm and the second recital from 7-9pm.

June 9 -16, 2019: Summer Harp Class and many classes at the Feather River Art Camp. Harp class taught by Diana Stork. Lap harps provided for those without harps. Limited number of students. For more information and to register, go to:

More to Come!

Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES) is an ensemble under the sponsorship of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society. It is directed by Sonya Yu, and meets in the northwestern part of San Jose. Current ensemble members are ages 8-16. For more information about joining, contact Sonya Yu at or visit the website at

San Jose Youth Symphony has a harp ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, with bi-monthly meetings from September - May at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and 3-5 concerts per year. The ensemble is open to students from ages junior high through age 22 and with playing ability of level two and above. Auditions are ongoing for the 2017-2018 season. For more information, visit If interested in auditioning, email

New Harp Ensemble at Harps Etc. The last Sunday of each month from 5:00 - 6:30 pm beginning September 27. Open to all ages and abilities. Learn to play along with others, improve your sight-reading skills, follow a conductor and just have fun making music with others. Fee $20 per session and music. Call 925-937-4277 or email

The Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble is accepting new members this Fall. BAYHE focuses on multicultural harp music played on a variety of harps. See the BAYHE website or contact Diana Stork, director, for more information at

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society has an informal adult harp ensemble open to all chapter members, playing either lever or pedal harp. Please contact Sue Dinwiddie for details or email
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Chapter member, Katherine Healzer, plays harp for a San Jose Dance Theater benefit gala event in August, 2015.


Kristal Barlaan is the new harp faculty for West Valley College and is looking to build and collaborate to provide more opportunities for the harp community. Whether you are a college student, high school student or adult, you can sign up for any West Valley Ensemble (1 unit) and Applied Music 39 (.5 units) each semester. This gives a student the opportunity to receive an hour of weekly instruction for college credit. For more information, see or contact
Internationally renowned harpist, Cheryl Ann Fulton, has produced a beautiful new documentary film, The Harps in the Trees. In the film, Cheryl Ann leads her ensemble of medieval harp students, Angelorum (including chapter member Jennifer Hurley), on a journey to the highlands of Scotland, where they serenade the very trees that provided the wood from which their harps were made. With filmmaker Ezio Taranto, they bring an inspired message of hope and harmony to the world by telling the story of their pilgrimage and illuminating a special relationship between harps, trees, music, nature and the human spirit.

14 minute documentary film

Short Music Video

Soundtrack plus bonus tracks

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The nonprofit Multicultural Music Fellowship, directed by Diana Stork, has launched its second Youtube video of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble's (BAYHE) Save the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California Tour. This video features BAYHE playing Sylvia Woods' beautiful composition, "Dialogue With a Brook" (from her "The Harp of Brandiswhere" suite) playing on a rainbow of Harpsicles. To view the beautiful video and help them spread their message go to this link. They invite you to Like and Comment and Share with your local harp communities. Short documentary about the project.
Chapter member Diana Stork has published a gift book entitled, Holiday Harps. A charming gift for all your friends and family who deserve more than a card. This beautiful new little full color 50 page book features over 40 photographs of precious miniature ornaments of harps and other musical instruments, with Words of Warmth, Wisdom and Peace for the season and throughout the year. For more information, see this link.
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Dominique Piana has a new collection of harp arrangements of Baroque music, including old tunes that are now hard to find, as well as some surprising finds that are perfect for harp arrangement. They are presented in scholarly and ready-to-perform style, with fingerings, pedaling, explanation of ornamentation and historical background. The collection includes Solfeggietto and La Caroline by CPE Bach, Toccata by Paradies, Allegro and Sonatina by Handel, Aria and Gavotta by Martini, La Gemissante and La Cavalcade by Dandrieu, La Joyeuse by Rameau, Prelude and Almond in A minor by Purcell, Intrada by Graupner, Rondeau by Fischer, Le Rossignol en Amour by Couperin, Aria by Scarlatti, and Toccata in C by Seixas. The price will be $25 for 36 pages. Available in mid-December 2017 by contacting,