Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a master’s degree from Rice University in Houston, TX. She was awarded full merit scholarships for both degrees. Her principal viola teachers were Erika Eckert, Geraldine Walther, and Ivo-Jan van der Werff. As an active orchestral musician, Stephanie is a member of Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Ballet, and held the position of associate principal viola with Colorado Springs Philharmonic during 2014 – 2015 season. She is also a regular substitute for Colorado Symphony, and has performed with Shreveport Symphony in Louisiana and Mercury Baroque orchestra in Houston. Summer festivals include Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Idyllwild Summer Music Festival, and several notable master-classes in Germany and Italy. Stephanie is also an active chamber musician, and a founding member of the Deciduous Trio (flute, viola, harp), which performs regularly in Texas and Colorado. In 2006 she became a member of the crossover Celtic band FEAST. Besides numerous concerts around the country, the band has twice toured Germany. PBS filmed two of the band’s spectacular Irish shows, and the resulting films have been broadcast on television and submitted for both an Emmy and a Grammy. Stephanie is currently co-artistic director of the Western Slope Concert Series in Grand Junction Colorado, which she operates with her mother, Kathryn Mientka.
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