Stephanie started studying cello at the age of fifteen. In 2009, she started her college studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. While at VCU, in addition to being the principal cellist of the VCU Symphony Orchestra, she was selected to perform in solo cello master classes with world renowned cellists Bonnie Hampton, Hannah Holman, Zuill Bailey, Timothy Eddy, and Clive Greensmith. She has also participated in various chamber music masterclasses with the Maia Quartet, Roger Tapping of the Takacs Quartet, the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, the Aviv Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet.
In 2010, Stephanie was accepted with partial merit scholarship to the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival where she studied with cellist, Steven Pologe. In 2012, she was accepted with a full Spence Scholarship for African American and Hispanic musicians to the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy where she studied with cellist Wesley Baldwin. In 2013, Stephanie was accepted with a full work-study scholarship to attend the renowned Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY, where she studied with acclaimed cellists Alan Rafferty, Clive Greensmith, and Jeffrey Solow. In 2014, Stephanie was accepted with a merit scholarship to attend the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, where she studied with cellist, Jennifer Culp, from the Kronos Quartet and other San Francisco Conservatory faculty members. Last summer Stephanie was accepted to the String Fellowship program at Eastern Music Festival where she played in the Festival’s faculty orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz and performed Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Mahler’s Second Symphony, Strauss’ Don Quixote, Mozart’s Requiem and many contemporary works. In addition to her role in the orchestra, she performed Ginastera’s Quartet No. 1, Beethoven’s ‘Harp’ Quartet and Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ in a chamber music series in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Stephanie received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Music in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2014. She continues to study with Dana McComb and resides in Richmond, Virginia, where she teaches privately and performs as a freelance cellist.