Member Event Calendar 2017-2018

Updated January 11, 2018

Harpists Carol Holsinger and Mary Pless perform with the California Pops Orchestra at Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA. See for more information. or 650-856-8432. Tickets at or 800-745-3000:
Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3:00 pm. Broadway Meets Hollywood. Tony and Oscar Award Winners! Addams Family, Star Wars, Disney and more!
Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 3:00 pm. Pops Radio Music Hall. Your favorite songs and dance music presented in Radio Show format.
Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 3:00 pm. American Jubilee, featuring music celebrating America's best composers: Gershwin, Porter, Souza and more!

San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble has several upcoming performances:
March 31, 2:30 pm - Atrium Senior Living, Brookdale Atrium, 1009 Blossom River Way, San Jose.
April 13, 7:30 pm - Trianon Theater, San Jose (with Valley Christian Strings Ensembles)
June 10, 4:30 pm - The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos

Friday, June 29, 2018. 7:00 pm. The San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, will perform as pre-concert music before the concerto competition at the American Harp Society's Annual Conference in Redlands, CA. The theme of their program is about inspiring students to become musicians; blending the classical with contemporary to empower students with their legacy.

Saturday, August 25. For students interested in participating in a National Certification program, Kristal Barlaan and the San Jose Academy of Music host the ASTACAP (American Strings Teachers Association Certificate Advancement Program) for levels 1-10. Students prepare two solos, orchestral excerpts or etudes for a monitor. After successful examination, the students receives a national Certificate that can help quantify their studies for college applications. More info from

More to Come!


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.
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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,


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 auditioning new members in January and February. 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.