Claire Happel Ashe

Harpist Claire Happel Ashe enjoys a varied career playing 17th century triple, 18th century single-action, and modern double-action harps. Based in Chicago, she plays with ensembles ranging from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to Trio Speranza. Claire regularly collaborates with bassist Philip Alejo (River Town Duo), oboist Karisa Werdon (Immer Neu), and guitarist James Moore and mandolin player Jeremy Harting (Noble Fowl Trio). In the summers, she has performed at the Midwest Harp Festival, American Harp Society Conferences in Chicago, Logan (UT), and Tacoma (WA), and presented at the World Harp Congress in Dublin. She holds degrees in music performance from Yale University and the University of Illinois (cognate in historical performance) and was a 2007-08 Fulbright Scholar in Prague. Claire served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College from 2015-2017, as teaching assistant at the University of Illinois and Yale, and currently teaches at Valparaiso University, Olivet Nazarene University, and the James Hart Harp Program in the Homewood Public Schools. Her studies of historical performance have included work with Cheryl Ann Fulton, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, and Christa Patton at the Madison Early Music Festival and Queens College Early Opera Workshop.