Diana Marie Gibbs, Harpist

Classical Harp from Alexandria, VA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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A broken arm led me to the harp. Back when I was two years old, I was tinkering around on the family piano and fell off the piano bench. Blaming the piano for my cumbersome cast and itchy misery, I declared that the instrument was not for me. Instead, I gravitated towards the harp. My mother is a harpist, and there were harps “lying around” the house.

I began studying the harp at the age of five. As a former student of Jeanne Chalifoux, I am proud to be part of a distinctive lineage begun by the worldclass harpist, composer, and teacher, Carlos Salzedo.

The Salzedo method of harp playing emphasizes the importance of musicality, technical proficiency, aesthetics, and performance. My participation for four summers in the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony in Camden, Maine under the instruction of the late Alice Chalifoux enhanced these hallmarks in my approach to the harp.

I was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, where I have performed for thousands of engagements since 1995.

In the recent past, I was the featured harpist for Macy's Cherry Blossom Celebration of Music Show, the GW Masonic Memorial's George Washington Birthday Gala, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation's "A Possible Dream" Gala, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Cherry Blossom exhibition opening.

Well-versed in official event protocol, I have performed for a host of guests, including Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Clarice Smith, David Rubenstein, Christine Lagarde, Thurgood Marshall Jr., Members of Congress, ambassadors, and directors of cultural institutions.

I was honored to have set the stage for a 56th Presidential Inauguration celebration held in the National Archives' Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. My music was also heard during the grand opening of the Archives' Treaty of Paris exhibit, as well as for art openings at the Embassy of Russia and the Meridian International Center. I was recently engaged for a series of events held at designer Max Mara stores in Tysons Galleria and Chevy Chase, and have shared the harp abroad, having performed for audiences in South Korea and Wales.

My music speaks to a broad range of audiences, from young children and local brides to Warren Buffet, Melinda Gates, Barron Hilton, and other esteemed members of The Giving Pledge, for whom I was thrilled to perform. Cultivated during 28 years of dedication to the harp, my dynamic music library is in tune with the diverse interests of audiences. From Bach to Led Zeppelin, my repertoire is legitimately expansive.

I earned my Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and my Master of Arts in Museum Studies, also from
Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to my work as a harpist, I am an employee of the Library of Congress.
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Wedding

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Diana is so talented! When I heard her music clips, there was no question that she was the harpist I wanted to play at my wedding ceremony & cocktail hour. Her musicality & phrasing is gorgeous! No other harpist I listened to sounded nearly as good as Diana! Diana was always very quick to respond to my emails & always very accommodating & kind. I had a friend sing a song that Diana had never played before. Not only did Diana play it beautifully, but she also transposed it to another key, as requested by the singer. I never had one single worry with Diana - she was/is just fantastic to work with. Her music provided the perfect ambiance for my wedding!

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Fundraiser

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Diana was absolutely wonderful! Her playing was beautiful, understated and brought a touch of both class and calm to our fundraising dinner. She is an incredibly friendly woman with a great deal of talent! Attendees loved her and her music and I heard the word 'classy' several times throughout her performance. If I have another event such as this, I will definitely hire Diana again.

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Ms. Gibbs was extremely accomodating and entertaining for this dinner/reception. She anticipates a client's needs perfectly and adjusts well to the venue, making program changes as the event activities play out. Her repertoire is broad based so as to satisfy all musical tastes. In fact, her entertainment engendered very positive comments from many of the guests of our very mixed and age-stratified audience. She is most accomodating and positive with her suggestions, and arrived at the event with well enough time to set up and settle in. In all, I would love to have her again for an event I would host.

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2016
Jun
4
Wedding Ceremony
Charlottesville, VA
5:30 AM - 6:30 AM
2016
Jun
5
Wedding Ceremony
Leesburg, VA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Jun
11
Wedding Ceremony
Stevensville, MD
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
Jun
25
Wedding Ceremony + Cocktail Service
Leesburg, VA
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Aug
20
Wedding Ceremony
Baltimore, MD
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
Sep
3
Wedding Ceremony
Leesburg, VA
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2016
May
19
Library of Congress Reception
Washington, DC
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
May
7
Bloomingdale's Boutique Event
Chevy Chase, MD
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
May
7
Dupont Underground Glow Session
Washington, DC
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
2016
Apr
23
Wedding Ceremony
Vienna, VA
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Apr
22
Wedding Ceremony + Cocktail Service
Charlottesville, VA
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2016
Mar
27
Easter Brunch at Loews Annapolis Hotel
Annapolis, MD
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach
Air on the G String
Bach
Arioso
Bach
Prelude # 1 in C Major
Bach
Suite # 1, BVW 996
Bach
Adagio, from the Moonlight Sonata
Beethoven
Ode to Joy
Beethoven
"Pathetique" Sonata, Opus 13
Beethoven
Waltz in A Flat
Brahms
A Ceremony of Carols
Britten
Harp
Classical Harp
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
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Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
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Bridal Showers
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Bachelor Parties
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Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Please note Diana Marie Gibbs, Harpist will also travel to Arlington, Falls Church, Oxon Hill, Washington, Springfield, Fort Washington, Mount Vernon, Annandale, Fort Belvoir, Newington, Temple Hills, Suitland, Accokeek, Fairfax, Lorton, Merrifield, Bethesda, Burke, Capital Heights, Capitol Heights, Clinton, District Heights, Dunn Loring, Mc Lean, Brentwood, Bryans Road, Chevy Chase, Mount Rainier, Vienna, Cabin John.
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