Stephanie Claussen has been specializing in Renaissance and Early Music and playing harp for weddings since 2000. After studying for eleven years with Twin Cities harpist Cathy Victorsen, Stephanie received her Bachelors of Music in harp performance at the University of Minnesota under the instruction of Kathy Kienzle, principal harpist of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to playing at weddings and special events, Stephanie teaches harp students of all ages in her studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the spring of 2014 she was awarded an Arts Tour Minnesota grant through the MN State Arts Board to give a concert series throughout Minnesota.
Having worked for many years as a free-lance musician, Stephanie is professional, flexible, and capable. Her specialty is in Celtic and folk music, but she welcomes requests in all genres and makes them sound effortless.Collaborations
Claussen has performed as a member of the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, indie band “Acoustic Nerve”, and the University of Minnesota Early Music Ensemble. She has made guest appearances with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the North Heights Chorale, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, the Paris Conservatory’s Saxophone Ensemble and the Eat Street Players. For eleven years she performed as a wandering minstrel at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
Her diverse repertoire encompasses classical, folk, pop, sacred and Early music.
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Jenny · Married on 09/16/2017
Stephanie was wonderful, and working with her was so easy! She's an excellent harpist. One of the things I loved about working with her is that she has several recorded albums so that I could listen to the quality of her work before I even contacted her. During our planning process, she invited us for a private mini-concert so we could hear our wedding selections played in person and work out some timing issues etc. She was very flexible with my music selections and ceremony timeline. She was our ONLY music vendor for our wedding - and we could not have been happier with the elegance that she brought to our daySent on 10/14/2017
Tracey · Married on 07/01/2017
Stephanie was awesome! Flexible during the rehearsal as we couldn't practice outside. Her music options included unusual pieces one of which we chose for our recessionalSent on 07/02/2017
Jessica · Married on 06/24/2017
Stephanie is an amazing harpist! She was able to play pop songs on the harp for our ceremony that we requested and it was perfect! She was also very professional in helping manage a rain delay before the ceremony, playing music to help calm nervous guests down! She was wonderful, very talented and we highly recommend her!Sent on 07/16/2017
I have listened to Stephanie's harp music for several years, both when she is a solo player and also in ensembles. She is highly skilled and you would do well to ask her to play for your wedding and/or reception.