BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.
Session Length: 15 Weeks
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Students will learn the basics of playing the harp in an ensemble setting. In addition to refining harp techniques such as hand positioning, note reading, string names, and fingerings, students will learn how to play together as a group, both in unison and in multiple parts to accommodate all skill levels. Material will be drawn from folk, Celtic, and Renaissance music. Students may sign out harps for practice at the University Circle campus by appointment.
|September 26, 2022 - January 30, 2023 Sep 26, 2022 - Jan 30, 2023||Monday||6:00pm - 7:00pm||University Circle||$180||Enroll|
|February 06, 2023 - May 15, 2023 Feb 06, 2023 - May 15, 2023||Monday||6:00pm - 7:00pm||University Circle||$180||Enroll|
Instructor, Harp, Suzuki Theory; Ensemble Director, Harp Ensemble
Stephan Haluska is a harpist, composer, arranger, and improviser whose music spans from classical and traditional, to jazz, pop, and experimental. Stephan attempts to expand the harp beyond its preconceived notions and stereotypes, creating new roles and opportunities for the instrument. He examines... Expand
Stephan Haluska is a harpist, composer, arranger, and improviser whose music spans from classical and traditional, to jazz, pop, and experimental. Stephan attempts to expand the harp beyond its preconceived notions and stereotypes, creating new roles and opportunities for the instrument. He examines the harp’s unique textural, harmonic, and percussive qualities. He focuses on including non-traditional harp techniques, adding preparations and tools, and explores harp sounds only possible through the use of electronic effects pedals and computer processing.
Stephan holds an MFA in Harp Performance with a concentration in Improvisation from Mills College in Oakland, CA where he studied with Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, and Karen Gottlieb. Stephan received his BA in Music Theory and Composition from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Chris Dietz. Stephan grew up in the Cleveland area where studied harp with longtime TMS harp teacher, Jocelyn Chang. Stephan releases original music for solo harp and with collaborative groups under his own name.
Stephan has been with The Music Settlement since 2017 where he teaches private harp students, group harp outreach classes, and group Suzuki music theory. He performs as a soloist and collaborator at venues around the Cleveland area, including several performances at BOP STOP at The Music Settlement.