Corky Hale

Member, Board of Trustees

Corky Hale was born in a small mid-western farm town and started taking piano lessons at age three, began studying piano at the Chicago Conservatory at the age of seven, and harp at the age of eight. She’s well known throughout the jazz community for her harp playing, accompanying everyone from Liberace, Tony Bennett, Bjork to George Michael. She’s also an accomplished pianist performing with such greats as Barbara Streisand, Mel Tormé, Harry James, Peggy Lee and most notably Billie Holiday. Corky is very active in women’s health issues, serving on the boards of WRRAP and NARAL. She and her husband Mike Stoller, in partnership with Planned Parenthood, have built three state-of-the-art health centers in Los Angeles. In 2013 the Southern Poverty Law Center dedicated the “Mike Stoller and Corky Hale Stoller Civil Rights Memorial Theatre” in Civil Rights Plaza in Montgomery, AL. More information on Corky, her projects, and her performances is available at