Stanley Chaloupka papers

Stanley Chaloupka papers

Dates: 1952-2002

Collection spans the years 1953-2002, and contains the correspondence of Stanley Chaloupka, programs from his performances including the performances with his wife, LP and 78 audio recordings of his music and other famous harpists, one VHS tape entitled "A conversation aith the Cousteaus," and pictures with glass frames.

  • Extent: 3 cartons (3 linear ft.). -- 3 oversize (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Chaloupka, Stanley
  • Call Number: MSS 7801
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
The original order of this collection has been maintained.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Stanley Chaloupka papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7801; Stanley Chaloupka papers; International Harp Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 7801, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Lou Anne Neill, Stanley Chaloupka's close friend who was asked to organize the material by Chaloupka's children, donated in 2004.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lou Anne Neill; 2004.
Subject Terms
Chaloupka, Stanley; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Harpists--United States; Music
Processing Information
Processed; Sara Ott; April 2011.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Chaloupka (Stanley) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Sara Stout
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-23T04:22-0600
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Biographical History

Stanley Chaloupka (1922-2002) was best known as the author of harp scoring, which is a concise guide to writing or arranging music for the harp for composers, arrangers, and harpists.

Chaloupka was born in 1922 in Oakland, California, and started playing the harp at the age of eight. He made his orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age sixteen, playing Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. He also played with the San Francisco Opera and Civic Light Opera Orchestras. He moved to Los Angeles in 1941 and two years later won his spot with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of twenty one and was with them from 1943 to 1983. His wife Paula performed as second harpist with him for many years.

Chaloupka was also very passionate about baseball. He wasn't allowed to be involved in little league because of his harp playing but coached in 1956 and was active in the organization for 35 years. As far as other leadership opportunities that he had, Stanley Chaloupka served as the first president of the Los Angeles American Harp Society chapter.

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Curator - Music Special Collections