• Bachelor of Music (harp performance), Oberlin Conservatory
Born and raised near Cleveland, Diane Evans began her musical journey on the piano at age 3. When she took up piano and art studies at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, 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 renowned Cleveland Orchestra harpist Alice Chalifoux, her mentor at Oberlin.
Initially a member of the Toledo and Omaha symphonies, Evans joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1981 and continues in the role of principal harp. She has performed a wide range of repertoire and appeared many times as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist.
“Returning to teach at Oberlin is a satisfying and profoundly meaningful step for me,” she says. “This closes the circle of my musical life, allowing me to offer the superb legacy that was nurtured for me at Oberlin to today's talented and dedicated students.”
Away from music, Evans enjoys art, cooking, gardening, travel, and participating in book and movie groups.