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A concert series, tour, and professional film of 17 harps in the Giant Redwoods to raise awareness & concert proceeds for conservation
A concert series, tour, and professional film of 17 harps in the Giant Redwoods to raise awareness & concert proceeds for conservation
133 backers pledged $15,645 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Director Diana Stork recently traveled to the Redwoods forests for the first time. In a quiet moment standing amongst the trees, the idea of bringing harps into the redwoods to help raise awareness of the plight of the remaining trees emerged. The impact of humans on the forests has been vast: From what were once massive expanses of forest, only 3-5% of the ancient and old growth trees are still living today, and the ones that remain now face the threat of ongoing climate change.

B-F: Alexis Lyons, Laurel North, Emma Roos-Collins, Diana Stork, and Lia Lev
B-F: Alexis Lyons, Laurel North, Emma Roos-Collins, Diana Stork, and Lia Lev

Music has a unique way of reaching people and uniting communities. We will use the funds raised from this campaign to produce a concert series created to bring greater public awareness of the trees and long after this tour, to continue raising awareness through professionally filmed and edited videos of our live performances amongst the trees. Our mission is to use music to promote a deeper understanding of the forest and the ancient redwoods. Our concerts will foster partnerships with conservationists and will encourage the community to take initiative in preservation efforts.

We have booked five shows over the course of six days in the area surrounding Northern California's Avenue of the Giants. In addition to these booked shows, guides from the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association will bring us into the forest for a handful of impromptu performances among the trees. 

The entire project will be filmed and distributed after the tour, free of charge on Youtube, so that we can continue to raise awareness after the shows are over.

The entire concert series is being produced and run by our director, ensemble members, their families, and other local harpists. Part of the benefit of this project is the education of our young musicians. Many BAYHE alumnae have gone on to become professional musicians, and use the skills gained in BAYHE to this day. 

The Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble at our 2014 Winter Solstice concert
The Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble at our 2014 Winter Solstice concert

The harpists involved (all 17 of us!) have taken charge of scouting locations and booking our venues, planning our food and lodging, composing and arranging music, creating and distributing PR materials, and so much more!

Your contribution goes directly to the production costs of the tour. Lodging is our biggest expense, but we also need funds for food, sturdy instrument cases, a reprint of our CD, and a videographer, photographer, and video editor.

We hope you'll consider contributing to our project, which benefits our young musicians, the community's conservation efforts, and the trees!

Many thanks,

The Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble

Risks and challenges

Of course, unfortunate events can occur. Most of our shows will take place outdoors, and as such will be beholden to good weather. We've planned as best as we can for this: We've chosen to use smaller, more weatherproof and outdoor friendly harps, and we've planned for the best time of year, weather-wise.

The smaller, sturdier harps will also lower the risk damaging our precious, expensive, and irreplaceable larger harps, which we'll use during some of our indoor concerts.

There's also the possibility of a musician falling sick. Well, we are an ensemble! With 12-17 harpists on any given day of the concert series, there'll be enough music to go around no matter what!

In fact, the benefit of being a harp ensemble means that if we have a harpist fall ill, or a car break down on the way up, or if an instrument becomes damaged, it's likely that another ensemble member or their family will be able to step in and help!

All of that said, we are still at risk for banana slug attacks!

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    Our sincere gratitude + accompanying warm fuzzy feelings for supporting young musicians and some very old, very special trees

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    A shoutout in our printed program! Your name will appear in our list of sponsors in the tour concert program and we'll even send you a digital copy!

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    A personalized post-card written and sent to your address from a touring BAYHE member.
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    A copy of BAYHE's first CD, "Music from Around the World." Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    A copy of our latest CD; "Innisheer", and a postcard written and sent by a touring BAYHE member. Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    BAYHE tour t-shirt in your selected size, and a copy of our latest CD; "Innisheer." Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    A professional "Thank-You Video" from the BAYHE harpists made while on tour playing amongst the Redwoods and a postcard written and sent by a touring BAYHE member. Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    A collection of 5 different Harp CDs from us and other supporting local harpists, including our alumnae. A professional "Thank-You" video made by us while on tour. Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    An individually crafted glass harp pendant made by one of our touring harpists/glass artist. Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    An original piece of music written by our director, Diana Stork, specially composed for whomever you'd like in the Celtic harp style. In the old days, planxties were written by musicians for their benefactors as a way of saying thanks, and we'd like to do the same for you! We'll record it for you and send you the sheet music, too! Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    Five 1-hour beginning harp lessons (SF Bay Area), with 6 months of free harpsicle rental. Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    A 1-hour private harp performance by director Diana Stork and senior BAYHE harpists for your special event (birthdays, weddings, etc). Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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    A 2-hour private harp performance by Diana Stork and senior BAYHE harpists for your special event (birthdays, weddings, etc). Your name will also appear in our list of sponsors in the concert program, and you'll have our sincere gratitude and accompanying warm fuzzy feelings.

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