Dana Peck is a Performer and Educator that is passionate about sharing the harp through performing new and lesser-known works. Dana has premiered works from Mason Lamb, Doug Davis, and Samuel Montgomery. She has also been among the few harpists to have performed Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Casella’s Second Symphony, and Idyll by Samuel Coleridge Taylor. Dana is a prolific Orchestral performer, performing with various Orchestras (UNT Symphony Orchestra, Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, Shafter Symphony), Choirs (CSUB Choir, Meridian Voices), Bands (Lone Star Wind Symphony, North Texas Wind Symphony, UNT Wind Orchestra, and the Bakersfield Winds), and served as the Principal Harpist of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra for several seasons.
Dana is actively involved in bringing harp music to new audiences. She has been involved in Harp ensemble performances for many years and has created multiple harp ensemble arrangements performed at UNT. Dana is also a member of the UNT Harpbeats, which often performs arrangements by the members of the group around Texas, including a performance at TMEA in 2023. Dana loves to teach and passionately believes that everyone can learn to play the harp. She teaches harp privately and was previously a Harp and Beginning Piano instructor at the Opus 48 School of Performing Arts. She regularly provides classroom demonstrations about the harp to ages K-12.
Dana has been studying harp for over ten years and graduated with a degree in harp performance at the University of North Texas as of 2023. She has studied with Dr. Jaymee Haefner, Elizabeth Hainen, and Grammy Award-winning Dr. Alison Bjorkedal. Dana has had the opportunity of performing in masterclasses with Susann Mcdonald, Marguerite Lynn Williams, and Milana Zaric, among others. She has received various honors, including two appearances on KVPR’s Young Artists Spotlight, Winning the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2016, and receiving MTAC’s Senior Medallion.
When not playing the pedal harp, Dana enjoys learning the baroque triple harp, drinking tea, and reading about harp history.