Stephanie Gustafson

Originally from the Chicago area, harpist Stephanie Gustafson currently resides in Houston, where she is an active performer and teacher. An experienced orchestral musician, she has been Principal Harpist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since August 2015, and has been a guest of the Austin Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans and the El Paso Symphony and Opera. Prior to her move to Houston, she lived in Washington, DC and was Principal Harpist of the Annapolis Symphony. Outside of the United States, she has performed with orchestras on stages all over Europe and South America. In 2013, she worked with Maestro Kurt Nagano and the National Orchestra of Sweden before spending the 2013-2014 season as Acting Principal Harpist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, performing numerous symphonies, ballets, and operas at the historic Teatro Municipal de Chile and other venues throughout Santiago.

In the spring of 2016, Ms. Gustafson performed in a concert featuring Grammy award-winning vocalist Renee Fleming. This 2016-2017 season includes performances with Tony and Emmy award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth in addition to the world premiere of Images, a chamber piece by Christian Fredrickson, which will include collaboration with the contemporary dance group Of Moving Colors.

A passionate educator, Ms. Gustafson is on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she teaches private lessons and coaches chamber groups and the harp ensemble during the summer. When in Baton Rouge, she regularly visits at The Emerge Center, a school for kids with diagnosed behavioral and communication disorders, where she gives demonstrations and presents short musical programs for children ages 2 to 6. She also maintains an active private teaching studio in Houston.

Ms. Gustafson received her Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of the late Deborah Hoffman, Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 28 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she studied with the esteemed Dr. Ann Yeung. She has also studied privately with June Han, Sarah Fuller, Susan Jolles and Shirley Lukey.