Stephanie Gustafson

Stephanie G.

Houston, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a full-time music teacher and freelance harpist, excited to share the harp with you!

About Stephanie G.

Harp teacher Stephanie Gustafson has over a decade of teaching experience in diverse settings, with students of all ages, backgrounds, and goals.

Stephanie has two teaching studios in Houston, located in the Heights and Woodlands/Spring. Students can receive regular lessons of 30, 45, or 60 minutes, with most students opting for weekly or twice weekly lessons. Stephanie's students are given the opportunity to perform in two studio recitals each year, which allows students to perform in solo and harp ensemble settings. Other performance opportunities are made available to interested students throughout the year, including competitions, harp ensemble, and community engagement. Lessons can include repertoire of all genres, customized based on the student's goals and interests. In addition to classical pieces, students may learn pop music, jazz, religious repertoire, holiday favorites, and movie music. Stephanie works to help her students learn the music that inspires them most, and all are encouraged to arrange music they love or compose songs for the harp.

Stephanie is a founder and director of the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble, a Saturday morning program that helps harp students in Houston further their musical growth and build a supportive harp community, and the harp faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She was a young artist fellow with Da Camera of Houston from 2016–2018, where she taught at schools throughout the city and performed at venues including Wortham Center, MFAH, the Menil Collection, and Rothko Chapel. She has music performance degrees from Manhattan School of Music and University of Illinois.

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lelia
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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!

Posted Oct 4, 2018

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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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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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