A graduate of Western Michigan University, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in choral music education and a minor in creative writing. In her years at Western Michigan, Stephanie was a part of all three choral ensembles and the WMU Gold Company vocal jazz program, performing in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and Lincoln Center in New York City.
An avid life-long learner, Stephanie enjoys traveling and studying music of other cultures. She has studied in both Cape Town and Polokwane, South Africa, as well as in Vaison-la-Romaine, France. As a firm believer of arts as an integral part of our schools, Stephanie has been a part of the Americans for the Arts and traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to advocate arts policy at the federal, state, and local level.
As a poet, Stephanie has been commissioned to write for musical composers across the Midwest and East Coast. Her poetic composition, Home, with music by Sam Al-Hadid, was featured at the 2016 National American Choral Directors Association Conference by Western Michigan University’s Cantus Femina Women’s Ensemble. Her poems have also been presented by the Gettysburg Children’s Choir and the 2018 Connecticut State Middle School Honors Choir.
Throughout her time in music education, Stephanie has taught K-4 music, middle school and high school choir, and has given clinics and workshops at numerous high schools and universities. She currently conducts both Allegro and Vivace neighborhood choirs in Hyde Park, as well as many CCC In-School choirs throughout the city. In addition to making music with amazing young people, Stephanie loves musical theater, biking, playing ice hockey and spending time with her family in Michigan.