Location: Washington, USA
Stephanie is the Artistic Director for Spectrum Choral Academy - directing all three choir levels. She has extensive experience and training as a choir director of children and youth ages 5 to 20. She is also a trained Music Together® instructor (early childhood music program for newborns through age 5). She has proven herself a creative and inspirational teacher and choral conductor, with her students frequently becoming section leaders of their school choirs, participating in honor choirs, holding lead roles in musicals and going on to major in Music Education, Music Performance and Theater Arts in college. Stephanie has a passion for both directing choirs and developing choir-related programs.
Stephanie began studying piano and singing in choirs at the age of 3 and now has 20 years teaching experience. She is a 2002 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. She was the Founding Artistic Director of Cappella Choirs in Port Orchard, WA and served in that position for 10 years, from 1998 through 2008. Stephanie also served as Associate for Children's and Youth Choirs at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue from 2004-2012. In that position, she directed Good News Group (grades 4-7) and accompanied Bel Canto (grades 8-12), while planning tours for Bel Canto to California and Costa Rica. Stephanie also maintained an active studio private piano and voice students from 1992-2012.
In 2007, Stephanie had thyroid surgery which inadvertently resulted in paralysis of her left vocal cord. An additional surgery was done to insert a prosthesis, allowing the paralyzed vocal cord to still function. Stephanie's voice continues to strengthen and she is excited to continue her work of inspiring young singers through music.
Stephanie's choirs have toured to PICCFEST (Eugene, OR), the Pacific Rim Children's Chorus Festival (Honolulu, HI), the Manhattan Concert Productions Festival (Carnegie Hall - New York, NY), multiple trips to California and Italy in summer 2016.
Stephanie and her husband Donald have over 12 years experience planning successful choir camps, festivals and tours. Together, they coordinate the Fort Worden Children's Choir Festival, Youth Choir Festival Northwest and Northwest Choir Camps. They live in Port Orchard, WA with their four musically talented children.