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Doctorate of Musical Arts, Clarinet Performance, Arizona State University
Master of Musical Arts, Clarinet Performance, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Musical Arts, Clarinet Performance, Arizona State University
International Clarinet Association Research Competition 1st Place 2012
Arizona State University Concerto Competition 2007
Stefanie completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University in May 2011. She has studied with and performed in master classes for Robert Spring, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Jorge Montilla, William O. Smith, Larry Combs, Robert Riseling, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Maurita Mead, Nathan Williams, and Marie Picard. She has performed in a wide variety of ensembles including ASU’s Chamber Players, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Clarinet Choir, and several chamber ensembles. She won the 2007 Concerto Competition at ASU and was a finalist in 2006, and has been featured as soloist with many community bands in the Southern United States. She is a member of Trio de Café and has performed with several Phoenix area organizations including Arizona Opera, Symphony of the Southwest, Paradise Winds, the Mill Avenue Chamber Players, and the Fountain Hills Chamber Players.
Stefanie is on the faculty at Mesa and Glendale Community Colleges and maintains a large private studio in the Phoenix area. Many of her students have participated in Regional and All-State honor ensembles, won chamber and concerto competitions, and received music scholarships at prestigious music schools. She was awarded a teaching assistantship by the Music History and Literature area in the ASU School of Music during the academic years 2008-2010 and also was Manager of lnstrumental Ensembles. In addition to performing and teaching, she has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy. Her doctoral dissertation, “An Investigation of Finger Motion and Hand Posture during Clarinet Performance,” applies scientific research to pedagogy in an effort to improve performance. She has guest lectured for Hadassah (the Women's Zionist Organization of America) and ASU’s CUbiC department. Recently, she won first place in the 2012 International Clarinet Association Research Competition.
Stefanie currently resides in Ahwatukee, AZ, with her husband, Josh, who is also an accomplished clarinetist.
Teaching clarinet for 10 years and playing for 15 years
Lessons will consist of learning and executing the fundamentals of good sound production, scales, articulation, technical exercises, range expansion, phrasing, proper hand posture and extended techniques. Studies used in lessons include books by Lester, Rose, Klose, Hite, Cavillini, and many more.
Lesson structure is outlined by long tones, scales and technical exercises, tonguing, etudes, solo repertoire, rhythm exercises, reed work and building sight-reading skills through playing duets with the instructor.
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