A.F. Pinto, born Angelo Francis Pinto was known as A. Francis Pinto. His birth date is unknown but he died in 1955, hit by a trolley in the metropolitan New York area. Personal observations by two former students describe the man as very dignified and impeccably dressed. He usually wore a morning suit, a cutaway striped pants and a bowtie. He was very devoted to his many students and often dedicated an arrangement to one of them. His arrangements were very harpistic to show off the capabilities of the instrument and the artist. They were usually well known pieces that he rearranged for his students to enjoy and perform. The International Music Publishing Company of Bathgate Ave, New York City, defunct for over half a century, originally published for him, as well as for Gertrude Ina Robinson, Van Veachton Rogers, Salvadore De Stefano, and Johannes Snoer.
Linda P. Kaiser is a performing harpist in Syracuse, NY. and Mt. Dora, FL. She is the author of Pulling Strings: The Legacy of Melville A. Clark, Syracuse University Press, 2010. She published Lullabies for Earth Children, Lyra Press, 1992, duet arrangements for the lever or pedal harp. She studied harp with Gail R. Lyons.
Gail Rupert Lyons has spent her career as a harpist and teacher in Syracuse, N.Y. Mrs. Lyons is Professor Emeritus at Onondaga Community College and Professor of harp at Syracuse University for more than 40 years. She was Principal Harp with the Syracuse Symphony from 1967-1971. Her teachers include Sr. Eloise Emm, O.S.F. and Carolyn A. Hopkins (Syracuse area), Sr. Clare Kelly I.H.M. (Marywood College), Marcel Grandjany and Pierre Jamet.
An Album of Harp Music arranged by A. Francis Pinto, edited by Linda Pembroke Kaiser and Gail Rupert Lyons, with CD performed by Gail Rupert Lyons.