Stephanie Harper (violin) has been playing violin for over 30 years. Although classically trained, she enjoys a wide variety of genres including rock, Irish-folk, country and praise & worship. As a violin mentor, Stephanie’s goal for her students is for them to find joy in music no matter what style they are performing. Regardless of age, experience or genre the student desires to pursue, the motivated and committed student will find Stephanie the perfect mentor in helping them to become the artist they wish to be.
Stephanie’s love of the instrument guarantees that the training will go beyond simply reading and playing the music. She desires to fundamentally help a student establish effective practice methods that ensure not only a solid technical foundation but also to nurture the love of music.
Stephanie was introduced to the violin as an elementary school student in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and went on to become a member of the nationally and internationally respected Albuquerque Youth Symphony. Stephanie continued the study of violin performance with a scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colorado. While a student at UNC, she performed with the UNC Symphony Orchestra, UNC Chamber Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Ft. Collins Symphony and Cheyenne Symphony. Stephanie later performed with the Littleton Symphony, studied the Suzuki Method of violin instruction and began her first violin studio.
The pathway to Nashville began in 2012 with participation in the “Indie Insider Experience” on the Music Boat Cruise. This experience lead Stephanie to follow God’s calling on her life, and in 2013 she moved to Nashville to pursue her true purpose with music.
Soon after establishing Nashville as home, Stephanie performed with the Nashville Philharmonic, Nashville Praise Symphony, Franklin Chamber Orchestra and serves on the praise & worship team at Cross Point Community Church. In addition, Stephanie has played several local venues and churches and has worked in the studio recording tracks for local artists.
At ROOTS, Stephanie will diligently work with students in developing their skills and love for music. “Music is a gift, given to us by God, and it is our pleasure and responsibility to give it back to Him with all of our heart.”
Q&A with Stephanie
I consider myself a foodie, so when I have the chance I love trying new foods and restaurants! It may not be fine dining, but Mexican food is my absolute favorite. I’ll admit I’m quite picky, but I grew up in New Mexico so I’m a bit spoiled. For me there is nothing tastier than enchiladas and rellenos smothered in Hatch Chile.
Place you spend most of your time:
My time is fairly divided so I don’t necessarily have a place I spend most of my time. I work full time, I’m a mother, a wife, and I’m a musician which means I’m always on the go.
Place you wish you spent most of your time:
I love being with my family, but when I’m not with them I’d rather be in the studio teaching or on stage making music! Having the opportunity to frequently visit my parents back home in Colorado would also be really nice.
What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
Sunday. This is the day I get to relax with my family. We go to church and enjoy our day off together.