About Stanley Chaloupka (1922-2002)

Photo: Stanley Chaloupka (1922-2002)Stanley Chaloupka (1922-2002)

Born in California, Stanley Chaloupka started playing the harp as a child, studying with San Francisco Symphony harpist Kajetan Attl. Mr. Chaloupka began to freelance in Los Angeles when he moved there in 1941. He was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1943, and played with them until his retirement in 1983. He met and married Paula Schertzinger while playing in the symphony, where she continued to play second harp with him for thirty-five years. Stanley Chaloupka wrote arrangements and transcriptions, as well as a book on how to write for the harp, entitled Harp Scoring. His harp has been donated to the American Harp Society Archives at Brigham Young University, where it is used in the archives by visiting harpists.

Adapted from: E. Huntley. “In memorium: Stanley Chaloupka, February 12, 1922-June 14, 2002” American Harp Journal18 (Winter 2002): 41.

Courtesy International Harp Archives

Photo: Stanley Chaloupka (1922-2002)Obituary - Los Angeles Times

19th June 2002 - Stanley Chaloupka, 80; Former First Harpist of L.A. Philharmonic

Stanley Chaloupka, 80, first harpist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1943 to 1983, died Friday at Glendale Memorial Hospital of causes linked to aging.

Born in Oakland and raised in Gilroy, Calif., Chaloupka said he "became entranced" by a harp concert when he was 8. Two years later, his father began driving him 69 miles each way to take harp lessons in San Francisco. By age 16, the youth was playing with the San Francisco Opera and Civic Light Opera orchestras.

After moving to Los Angeles, the young man was hired by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as first harpist in 1943. His late wife, Paula, was second harpist for many years, and the two performed concerts together. A Times reviewer noted after one duet recital in 1952 that "the ensemble playing of the pair was indeed flawless.... One would be hard put to decide who of the two plays better."

Chaloupka told The Times in 1961 that handling the 100-pound harps could be difficult. "Harps are fickle. We spend hours tuning them," he said. "It's like driving a Model T: You've got to have brains in your feet."

Sheet Music: Stanley Chaloupka

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Title (click for further info) Instrumentation
Classics - Book I (Intermediate): Marcello - Psalm XIX; Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Wachet Auf Two Pedal Harps
Classics - Book II (Advanced): Handel - Watermusic Suite; Boccherini - Minuet in A Two Pedal Harps
Classics - Book III (Advanced): Bach - Siciliano, Toccata and Fugue, Preludio Two Pedal Harps
Classics - Book IV (Advanced): Bach - Suite No. 6 in D Major for Unaccompanied Cello Two Pedal Harps
French Masters Vol. 1: (Advanced) Chopin, Poulenc, Massenet, Infante Two Pedal Harps
Hungarian Masters Vol. 1: (Advanced) Bela Bartók - Six folk songs, Daniel Auber/Franz Liszt - Tarantella Two Pedal Harps
Weihnachts Lieder: (Intermediate) Two Pedal Harps