Education:
Mannes College of Music, Master of Music in Performance (2015)
SUNY Purchase, Performer’s Certificate (2013)
SUNY Purchase, Bachelor of Music in Performance (2011)
University of Southern Maine, Pre-College
• Talent scholarships to all three institutions
• Cumulative GPA: 3.92

Principle teachers:
• Susan Jolles, Metropolitan Opera and professor of harp at Mannes and Manhattan School of Music, present
• Beatriz Ruiz-Martin, professor of harp at SUNY Purchase, 2009-2013
• Jara Goodrich, principle harpist of Portland Symphony Orchestra and professor of harp at University of Southern Maine, 2003-2009
• Denise Calkins, piano, 1998-2007

Performance Experience: Extensive experience performing a variety of genres with a special interests in opera, circus, innovative cross-genre blending, and contemporary music.

Large Ensemble:
LoftOpera, 2015-2017                                                                                                                                               Camerata Notturna, 2017                                                                                                                                             Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, 2016                                                                                                                           Mannes College Symphony Orchestra, 2013-2015
Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. 2012-2014
Chelsea Opera, 2013
Yale Concert Band, 2013
Concordia University Orchestra, 2012
Purchase Symphony Orchestra; 2009-2013
Purchase Symphonic Winds 2009
Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, 2005-2009
Southern Maine Wind Ensemble, 2007-2009
Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2004-2007
Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, 2004-2007
Maine All-State Festival, 2005

Chamber:
Mannes American Composers Ensemble, 2013
Stony Brook University Chamber Festival, 2012
Purchase New Music, 2009-2010
Purchase Contemporary Music Ensemble, 2010
The Choral Arts Society, 2008
USM Chamber Singers, 2008
Bates College Chorus, 2009
USM Harp Ensemble, 2006-2009
Lyric Theater; Portland, ME, 2006
Biddeford City Theater; Biddeford, ME, 2007

Rock/Pop/Alternative: Collaborated, created, toured, recorded for, and performed with many bands, Indie and Major Label, from various genres. Has excellent improvisational skills, and has experience arranging and composing.

• Performs nationally at large venues such as Terminal 5 (NYC), The Mayan (LA), 9:30 Club (DC)
• Performed live solo for YouTube Presents from Google headquarters in NYC
March 30th, 2012 with The Joy Formidable (Warner Music)
• Vuvuzela, “Artist of the Month” – The Deli Magazine November, 2012
• Performer at The College Music Journal Festival (“CMJ” 2011)
• Subject Bias, -“Best Indie-Rock Band 2006” – The Portland Phoenix
• Regularly performs as a studio artist for numerous bands

Press:

“…seraphic…a lovely harpist” – The Huffington Post

“plays divinely” – The Alternative Press

“Babirak…complements just about everything” – The Portland Phoenix

Major Recordings:

Confession. Albany Records, 2011 CD. Lucas, Raphaël
The Hollow Choir. Moat Oat Records, 2012 CD. Vuvuzela
I’ll Tell You When, Where, and How to Feel. Subject Bias, 2008 CD

 

Teaching:
Maintains private large harp and piano studio 2009-present                                                                                              Adjunct Harp Instructor, SUNY Purchase

• Contracted to teach Applied Music for non-majors Spring, 2013
Hosted regular harp demos for Purchase College composition majors and counseled students on idiomatic harp writing (2009-2011)

Repertoire List of Major Works Stephanie Babirak, Harp

Vocal:

Carmen, Bizet
Ceremony of Carols, Britten
Requiem, Faure
Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck
Confession, Lucas
Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti
Orfeo, Monteverdi
Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Poulenc
Gianni Schicchi, Puccini
A Grand Night for Singing, Rodgers and Hammerstein
Die Fledermaus, Strauss II
Ballymore, Wargo

Symphonic:

Concerto for Orchestra, Bartok
Dance Suite, Bartok
Miraculous Mandarin, Bartok
Symphony Fantastique, Berlioz
L'arlésienne Suite No. 2- Bizet
Bells for Stokowski, Daugherty
Nocturnes, Debussy
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Debussy
Symphony No. 1- Mahler
Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninoff
Daphnis et Chloe, Ravel
Mother Goose Suite, Ravel
Rhapsodie Espagnol, Ravel
Pines of Rome, Respighi
The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto No. 1, Shostakovich
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Strauss
Don Juan, Strauss
Ebony Concerto, Stravinksy
The Firebird, Stravinksy
Petroushka, Stravinksy
Die Meistersinger Overture, Wagner
Prelude and Love Death, Wagner

Chamber:
Chamber Concerto No. 4, Huang Ruo
Fantasia for Harp and Guitar, Montsalvatge
Concerto for Harp and Flute, Mozart
Serenade for Harp and Flute, Persichetti
Eleven Studies for Eleven Players, Rorem
Lichtbogen, Saariaho
Fantasie for Harp and Violin, Saint-Saens
Precious Metal, Sparr
Sextour Mystique, Villa-Lobos
Lift, B. White

Solo:

Epices, Andres
Fugue in D minor, Bach/Grandjany
Claire de Lune, Debussy
En Bateau, Debussy
Sonata in C minor, Dussek
Polvere et Ombre, Farrin
Impromtu, Faure
Fantaisie on a Theme by Haydn, Grandjany
Rhapsodie, Grandjany
Passacaglia, Handel
The Harmonious Blacksmith, Handel
La Source, Hasselmans
Sonata for Harp, Hindemith
Sonata No. 1, Naderman
Spiders, Patterson
Chanson dans la nuit, Salzedo
Suite of Eight Dances, Salzedo
Sonata in C minor, Spohr
Minstrel’s Adieu, Thomas
Petite Suite, Watkins