Classically trained from age four, Krista Strader brings together a high standard of performance, dedication, and passion to her art. An orchestral and solo harpist, Krista combines twenty-seven years of playing the harp with her knowledge, skill, and experience gained from over fourteen years as a full-time professional. Krista has performed for international royalty, Hollywood celebrities, government dignitaries Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colin Powell, and the family of President Nixon. She has performed with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra, All-American Boys Chorus, Napa Valley Symphony, and Lamplighters Theatre Company. Krista has been the featured harpist with the Mark Thallander Foundation, working with guest conductor John Rutter, and has enjoyed roles as Principal Harpist and concerto soloist with the William Lock Singers and Orchestra, major works including Handel's B-flat Concerto and Ravel's Introduction and Allegro.
While residing in Orange County, Krista established positions as the preferred harpist with Disney Entertainment, and the recommended harpist with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Laguna Niguel. Krista graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from Biola University, where she was awarded the Outstanding String Musician for two consecutive years. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in Harp Performance from San Francisco State University.
Maintaining an active free-lance career in the Greater Bay Area, Krista is constantly adding to her performance schedule with upcoming concerts and private events. Her premiere recording titled "The Journey", a collection of celtic and popular melodies performed on celtic harp, is now available on Apple iTunes.