Stephanie Gustafson

Stephanie G.

Houston, TX
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Stephanie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2007

Stephanie has been teaching harp students of all ages privately since 2007. Outside of her private studios in the Heights and Woodlands/Spring, in 2018, she completed a year-long musical residency with the TREK program at Travis Elementary, and previously worked at the Monarch Institute, a school for students with neurological disorders. She was a Young Artist with Da Camera of Houston from 2016–2018, where she had the opportunity to develop programming with organizations ranging from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center and worked at elementary and middle schools throughout HISD. Through Da Camera, she was also awarded a fellowship in May 2017 to develop a program at Meyerland Middle School that used music and visual art to combat bullying and facilitate classroom discussions.

Locally, she is best known for co–founding the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble, a semester–long program for harp students of all ages and levels in Houston. During their inaugural season, the first semester was dedicated to the music of movies and musicals, and the spring semester was focused on learning the music of cultures around the world. Before moving to Houston, she coached non-major, college–aged students at the University of Illinois, taught music classes at the prestigious International Preschool in New York City, and developed a teaching and playing program for children with behavioral and communication disorders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Experience

Co-Director
Aug 2018 - Present
Houston Youth Harp Ensemble

The HYHE is a Saturday morning program that helps lever and pedal harp students in Houston further their musical growth, develop ensemble skills, and build leadership skills. With two ensembles covering all levels, Stephanie conducts both groups and coaches individual students on repertoire.

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Harp Faculty
Mar 2016 - Present
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

An intensive arts camp for high-school students serious about music, I spend 6 hours working privately with students majoring and minoring in harp, in addition to teaching a harp ensemble and mentoring them in the building blocks of music theory.

Music and Outreach Mentor
Jan 2016 - Present
The Emerge Center

I have developed chamber programs and demonstrations to groups of 6-­8 students with diagnosed behavioral and communication disorders, giving them opportunities to play and learn about both the harp and classical music.

Principal Harpist
Aug 2015 - Present
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

I perform with small and large ensembles at venues all across Louisiana.

Young Artist
Sep 2016 - Aug 2018
Da Camera of Houston

I perform at concert halls, museums, hospitals, and parks all across Houston in collaboration with art installations, community events, and fundraisers. Additionally, I teach classes for students of all ages, backgrounds, learning, and language levels at public private, and charter schools throughout the city. On a regular basis, I also give private harp demonstrations for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

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Musical Resident
Sep 2016 - May 2017
The Monarch School and Institute

I taught music classes to students with neurological disorders, ages 4-14, and facilitated the development and production of musicals for advanced students. With young students, I built musical games and developed activities based on their individual needs.

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Principal Harpist
May 2014 - Aug 2015
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

I performed at Strathmore, the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and the National Presbyterian, and other venues throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. with the 70-piece Annapolis Symphony.

Music Intern
Jan 2012 - Jun 2012
International Preschool

I taught regular classes in rhythm, movement, and music to kids ages 2-6.

Education

Classical Harp
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Manhattan School of Music
Harp Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2011
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Fellowship
Sep 2017
Da Camera of Houston
First Prize Winner
Jun 2011
Agnes Krueger Memorial Scholarship

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2018

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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World Harp Congress
Aug 2011

The World Harp Congress vision is promote the performing arts with special emphasis on harp composition, education, appreciation and performance.
Sponsor an international harp congress with exhibits every three years.
Encourage young harpists; in particular through the Focus on Youth concerts at each congress.
Establish international communication by publishing the World Harp Congress Review twice a year with a network of correspondents throughout the world.
Ensure support of the harp through the World Harp Congress Phia Berghout Endowment Fund.
Provide opportunities to promote the harp and support harpists of all levels throughout the world for better mutual understanding, support and friendship.

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American Harp Society
Jun 2011

The American Harp Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists.

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Photos & Videos

Spring 2018 harp studio recital

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Winter harp studio recital, with a group of my students

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Summer 2014 at a public library in Annapolis, Maryland

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Stephanie as a harp student, age 8

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Spring 2013 in New York City

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Harp demonstration to a class of 1st grade students
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lelia Oct 4, 2018
Harp · In studio

Stephanie is a wonderful harp teacher. She oozes enthusiasm and praise for her students and makes them feel so good about learning and practicing. You can tell she loves what she does and it shows when she's working with her students. She is extremely patient and caring. Definitely five stars!

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