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.
Professor Kristal Schwartz is a professional harpist with over a twenty years of performing and teaching achievements.
She is a native of Santa Clara Valley who is in demand for solo performances, recordings, ensembles, teaching, weddings, private parties, afternoon teas, or any special event.
As a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Masters in Performance with Honors, as well as a Bachelors of Music Performance from Thomas Edison University, she studied with principal harpists of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, and San Jose State.
Clients appreciate Kristal’s attention to detail and her ability to bring out each client’s personality in her selected repertoire. Kristal enjoys those engagements where she is able to provide an extraordinary atmosphere that is conducive to conversation, companionship, and memorable moments for those in attendance.
“When I was three I was first exposed to the harp while attending a party. Although it sounds funny, I knew then I was supposed to play the harp!” Kristal recalls. Her parents thought it might be a passing fancy, but Kristal’s persistence eventually brought about harp lessons and her very own harp.
Although Kristal enjoys using her musical skills in many venues, she is particularly drawn to small, intimate occasions. These circumstances allow her to see the effect that her music has on her listeners as it transforms stress into tranquility – hurriedness into serenity.
What part does she feel she plays in Life Events? “It is important to understand what the clients are looking to communicate during their event. That is why I spend a lot of time interviewing the client, seeking to find out what sort of mood and atmosphere they are trying to create. Events, although blessed occasions, have a tendency to produce stress. I feel my role is to anticipate this and perform my music so as to reduce the normal tensions and provide a context in which this meaningful moment is able to be enjoyed without distraction.”
Consider booking Kristal for your next special event.