Claire Happel-Ashe

School of Music
Artist Diploma, Yale University
M.M., Yale University
B.F.A., University of Illinois
B.M., University of Illinois

Claire Happel is a versatile performer in music and movement. She frequently appears with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among many other ensembles, and presents chamber concerts with bassist Philip Alejo (River Town Duo), oboist Karisa Werdon, and guitarist James Moore and mandolin player Jeremy Harting (Noble Fowl Trio). An advocate of new music, she has performed with contemporary ensembles such as Ostravská Banda, Chicago Composers Orchestra, International Ensemble Modern Academy, and the Pulitzer Series of St. Louis, and commissioned new works with grants from the City of Chicago Cultural Affairs, American Harp Society, Illinois Arts Council, and the Urbana Public Arts Commission. In the summers, she has performed at American Harp Society Conferences in Chicago, Logan (UT), and Tacoma (WA), presented at the World Harp Congress in Dublin, and taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She holds degrees in music performance from Yale University and the University of Illinois, where she also received a BFA in Dance. As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied with Jana Boušková in Prague in 2007-08. Claire served as harp teaching assistant at the University of Illinois and Yale and on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College from 2015-2017. She currently teaches harp, Alexander Technique, and movement at Olivet Nazarene University, Valparaiso University, and the James Hart Harp Program in the Homewood Public Schools.