Ann Mason Stockton

2006

 

   

b. October 30, 1916
d. August 11, 2006

Ann Mason Stockton is most known by many as the Hollywood harpist, having played for over 800 film scores, including Gone with the Wind and Schindler’s List, in which she even had a cameo.   However, in the harp world, Ann Mason Stockton is known for her great leadership: for the number of years she served the American Harp Society, and for being a Chairman and founding member of the World Harp Congress.

Ann took interest in the harp when she was about 3 or 4.  She started both piano and harp, but piano was quickly dropped. When she was 7 she received her first pedal harp and at 9 started harp lessons with Alfred Kastner. She attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, MI, San Mateo Junior College, and received a Bachelor of Education Degree from UCLA. She played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic before going into commercial music.

Ann Mason Stockton was pivotal in starting the AHS chapter in Los Angeles, and her leadership skills did not go unrecognized.  In 1968 she was invited to serve as a National Chairman for AHS, which lead to 12 years of service from 1968 to 1980.   For six years she sat on the Board of Directors, serving the last four as President of the AHS.   Many new committees were established while she was president, including: Advisory, Fund Raising, Grandjany Memorial Fund, Research Projects, and School and Faculties for Harp Study.   She performed at Conferences in 1966, 1970, and 1974.  When interviewed by Jane Weidensaul for the American Harp Journal in 1982, Ms. Stockton said, “Becoming involved with the AHS was another turning point in my life.”  To say that Ann Mason Stockton was involved in the American Harp Society is an understatement.