Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble
Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble (BAYHE) is a group of young harpists playing a wide variety of musical styles on a wide variety of folk and lever harps. Directed by Diana Stork, this ensemble wowed audiences at their debut performance at the Palace of Fine Arts November 1999 with their musical skill and sensitivity.
Under Diana’s direction, BAYHE members learn a wide variety of multi-cultural and other music, to play harmoniously and graciously together, and to share their music in performances throughout the Bay Area. Diana composes and arranges music for BAYHE and encourages new music and arrangements to be written for them. BAYHE also performs music that is written by some of the young members.
Some of their Bay Area performances have included the Randall Museum, Zeum, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, San Francisco City Hall, Koret Auditorium, Treasure Island Memory Walk, Lake Park Retirement Community, Rossmoor Retirement Community, and Channel 25 TV in Berkeley.
Well-known Bay area harpist Shawna Spiteri has been Diana’s beloved Assistant Director since BAYHE’s inception. Diana’s very talented longtime student Portia Diwa has been BAYHE’s assistant up until 2005.
In 2003, Diana hatched an ambitious project called Lily’s Treasures” which resulted in a book of original compositions by BAYHE members based on a story written for BAYHE by author Maureen Ustenci.
Under Diana’s guidance and with the help of Shawna and Portia, they put out a CD of world music in 2005.
BAYHE is sponsored by the Multicultural Music Fellowship: www.multiculturalmusicfellowship.org