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Stephen H Clapp 1939 - 2014

Stephen H Clapp

This Guest Book has been kept online until 2/26/2015 by Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Dear Linda,
Leslie and I are so grateful to have had the opportunity to know Stephen as a musician, colleague and friend. We will miss him greatly and wish you every comfort and blessing in the weeks and months ahead. Matthew and Leslie Michelic
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Dearest Linda, Our hearts are with you all at this sad time. I understand Stephen's service was beautiful. We were sad not to be able to be with you but look forward to seeing you soon. We too will miss your beloved Stephen. Our love to you all. Martha and Bill
Monday, February 03, 2014
The pleasure of meeting Stephen was first mine in 1986 when he was a professor at Oberlin and Nigo Nigogosian, Carlos Arcieri, and I came there to establish the first Oberlin Restoration Workshops. He was so thrilled and delighted that this project was underway, and there was nothing he would not do to help us. He even picked us up at the airport in Cleveland and drove us around as we got settled. That week we invited to a traditional Chinese feast prepared by a student who had lived with the Clapp family the preceding year, and was headed home. The warmth and genuine kindness shown to us in those long-ago days is with me still. Rest in peace, Stephen, and peace to Mary and the kids.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I studied half time with Stephen Clapp at Aspen for a couple of summers, and I got more out of one lesson with him than ALL of the lessons with the very famous teacher that I was also assigned to! He was a born teacher, able to see someone with a knot of problems, and find the one strand that would fix everything. He was a real inspiration, and so kind, warm, and thoughtful in a profession that doesn't always value those qualities.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I remember Stephen as a compassionate, patient, and careful professor who gave me invaluable insight into how to play the violin professionally, and also how to teach it well. Each lesson I teach now, 35 years later is still based in many ways upon his ideas and procedures, and during each performance I give, some of the techniques for accuracy and relaxation that I bring to the concert derive from his models. Knowing how many students he reached over his years as a teacher, I can think of few recent violinist/teachers who have had such a long-reaching influence. And he made these contributions gently, with care, and with support. He never needed to tear me down in order to make me stronger. I will always be glad I encountered him in my life and gained from his perspectives and insights. I send my heartfelt condolences to Linda and his family, who were so close to him always. I hope there is comfort in knowing that his impact upon the world was significant for many years. For Linda, I am including this poem I composed upon my own father's passing in 2005. I hope it offers some comfort in its perspective.


Golden Gate Bridge

Here I go!
Take one last look—for memories,
one last breath—as a push forward,
a springboard.

What's done is done!
It's just a step now,
and a small one at that.

And then?
No, I'll leave “and then what?” to those behind.
I'm suddenly side-by-side with everything!
ready to know!
once again new, eager!

I'm off!
What a feeling!
I couldn't look back if I tried!

I'm off . . . and dancing!
(Jonathan Sturm, 2005)
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