As a child, Stephanie struggled with speech difficulties, hindering her ability to express herself clearly with spoken words. However, at five years of age, she came across a woman on television playing a beautiful piece on piano, The television performance piqued her interest in classical music. Two years later, her mother finally relented to her pleas to learn piano, and subsequently began lessons with Ms. Larisa Kagan, a member of the Music Teachers Association of California. It was not until Ms. Kagan encouraged her to pick up a secondary instrument that she started the flute under Ms. Chang Lu at age eleven.
A native of Fremont, CA, Stephanie has lead an active musical life throughout grade school and college. In high school, she was principal chair of the symphonic band and was chosen to represent her school in various state and county honor bands. In addition, she was principal flutist of the El Camino Youth Senior Symphony for 3 years and had the opportunity to tour with the orchestra to various European countries. Furthermore, she won the orchestra’s concerto competition and was subsequently a featured soloist. Other accomplishments include completion of the Certificate of Merit Program in Piano, as well as a third place win in the US Beacon International Youth Piano Competition in 2010. College professors and mentors include Prof. Mathew Krejci, Dr. Ulrike Anton, Dr. Eric Hammer, and Dr. Sarah Waltz. She is a proud alumna of Mu Phi Epsilon and participated in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Orchestra. Other valuable musical experiences include a recent semester abroad in Vienna, Austria, where she took upper-level music history and theory courses.
Stephanie graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Speech-Language Pathology and a BA in Music from University of the Pacific. Aside from giving private lessons, she also works as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant at Aspire Public Schools.