Stephanie began studying music at age 5 with lessons on piano and violin, and began playing viola at 13. She grew up in a musical family, both of her parents being professional classical musicians. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder, and a master’s degree from Rice University. During her university studies, Stephanie maintained a private teaching studio in both Texas and Colorado, and for the past few years has been building a violin and viola studio in Boulder. After returning to Boulder she became more familiar with the Suzuki Method, and completed Suzuki training with William Starr, as well as attending training sessions at several summer institutes. Stephanie looks forward to continuing her training and studies in the Suzuki Method, and has never been so inspired by teaching and her students.
In addition to teaching, Stephanie is an active orchestral musician. She is a member of Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and is a regular substitute with the Colorado Symphony. Stephanie is also an active chamber musician, and is the founding violist of the Deciduous Trio (flute, viola, harp), who performs regularly in Texas and Colorado. Stephanie is currently co-artistic director of the Western Slope Concert Series in Grand Junction, which she operates with her Mother, Kathryn Mientka