The Walter Myers Jr. Chair
Joined ISO: 1981
Primary musical studies: Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Teachers included: Alice Chalifoux
Born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio, Diane began her musical journey with the piano at the age of three. When Diane attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, to study piano and art, she also signed up for a beginning harp class, having been fascinated by a harpist she’d seen on television. She fell in love with the instrument and began working with the Cleveland Orchestra's renowned harpist, Alice Chalifoux. Participation in various summer music festivals, including Tanglewood, supplemented her studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she earned her degree in Harp Performance.
Before joining the ISO, Diane was a member of the Toledo (OH) and Omaha (NE) Symphonies. She has appeared many times as a soloist with the ISO, most recently in 2014. She has also been a soloist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, the Springfield (IL) Symphony and the Omaha Symphony and several of her solo and chamber performances have been featured on television and radio. "The largest live audience I have ever encountered was when I wrote a harp solo arrangement of the National Anthem which I played at the Hoosier Dome before an Indianapolis Colts game," she says. Diane also loves to teach music: “I feel privileged to have inspired and been inspired by many students of all ages and levels over the years.”
Diane's two outstanding harps were both made by Lyon & Healy in Chicago. The 1980 instrument, a “Salzedo Model,” has an Art Moderne profile. Her 2014 harp, a “Style 30,” is a sleek, contemporary design with a walnut finish.
Outside of music, Diane is enjoying the empty nest, as her twins have gone off to college. She loves her book group and her movie group. Art, cooking and gardening are ongoing hobbies. With greater freedom in her life, she hopes to find inspiration and enrichment in travel as time goes by.
"Preparing harp music for performance is like solving a complex puzzle. The music presents a set of problems and each one needs to be addressed. I make a decision about which finger will play which string, and once that decision is made, I do it the same way every time...unless I come up with a better idea!"
- diane evans
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