Who We Are
An excellent teacher is rare. The type of teacher who wants the student's best, who is willing to take time on the small things, and whose greatest joy is to see their student take flight. This is the type of teachers at Bay Area Harp Academy seeks to be.
Our mission is to provide the people in our community an excellent music education, taught in a professional, personal, nurturing and fun environment.
"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young." — Aristotle
We welcome and encourage students of all ages! Whether a student is a beginner, or one who has already begun their lifelong relationship with music, we aim to help each individual develop their own understanding of music's richness and expressive means.
Public performances and recitals are encouraged to promote self-esteem and accomplishment.
We at Angelic Harp believe that music and the arts should be incorporated into every individual's life to help shape and mold them to reach their full potential.
And so, we invite you to visit us to experience the wonderful things we are doing at the Academy, to hear the beautiful music that our students are creating, to appreciate their artistic work, and most importantly, to see the difference that we all can make in the lives of those in our community.
Let us celebrate and
experience music together!
Kristal Barlaan - Founder since 2001
Professor Kristal Schwartz is an experienced educator, harp entrepreneur, dynamic harp ensemble director, and freelance performer with over twenty-five years of performing and teaching achievements. She graduated in 2007 Masters Degree in Performance (with Honors) from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Thomas Edison University, 2005.
Ms. Kristal is a dedicated teacher who brings out the best in her students by concentrating on the individual details that produce an excellent performer. Her greatest joy is to see her students take flight. Ms. Kristal maintains a large thriving private studio in the Bay Area with over 30 students from beginner through professional levels. Her students performed at the 2018 American Harp Society Institute, get accepted to SFCM Pre-College, place and win competitions such as the Yvonne La Mothe Schwager, ASTA, SJYS and National Harp Competitions. Many of her students have gone on to work as a professional harpist, or major and minor in harp. Yearly, Ms. Kristal presents a community harp outreach concert featuring her students collaborating with professional musicians.
In 2008, Ms. Kristal, began building the first K-12 harp program in Northern California at Valley Christian Conservatory. She fosters harp-awareness in many schools such as Clark Elementary School, Harker, Mitty, Saratoga High School, and many more.
In 2010 Ms. Kristal began parting with San Jose Academy of Music to help build their music school into a multi-teacher prestigious school for piano, voice, and strings. She was co-owner of San Jose Academy of Music from 2010-2015.
Ms. Kristal is well known as the director and founder of the San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble. It is a pre-professional ensemble known for stunning performances, pioneering electric harp with traditional concepts. The ensemble performs Ms. Kristal own arrangements of contemporary and electroacoustic harp ensemble pieces as well as collaborative pieces of new and emerging composers and arrangers from around the world
Mrs. Barlaan is the director and founder of the San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble, a pre-professional ensemble known for stunning performances, pioneering electric harp with traditional concepts. The ensemble performs Mrs. Barlaan’s own arrangements of contemporary and electroacoustic harp ensemble pieces, as well as collaborative pieces of new and emerging composers and arrangers from around the world.
When not involved in teaching, she performing solo concerts, with the new San Francisco Harp Quartet as a founding member.
West Valley College Professor: http://westvalley.edu/faculty/barlaan.html