A dedicated researcher, teacher, and performer, Stephanie Venturino has taught written theory and aural skills at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) since 2010. A native Rochesterian, she received pre-collegiate diplomas with honors in saxophone performance and music theory from the ECMS. Stephanie is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in music theory at the Eastman School of Music, where she serves as a teaching assistant. Stephanie received a B.M. degree (highest distinction) in saxophone performance and music theory from Eastman, as well as the coveted Performer’s Certificate, an award given for outstanding jury and recital performance.
Stephanie’s other honors include grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and the University of Rochester’s Mildred R. Burton Fund, election to the music honors society Pi Kappa Lambda, the ECMS Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Eastman Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She has recently presented her work at the annual meetings of the New England Conference of Music Theorists, Music Theory Southeast, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and the Society for Music Theory, as well as at the Debussy Perspectives: 1918–2018 conference in Manchester, England. Her research interests include twentieth-century French music, German harmonic theory, the history of music theory, and music theory and aural skills pedagogy. In addition to her school-year teaching at the ECMS, she teaches theory and aural skills for Summer@Eastman’s Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies program and the University of Rochester’s Early Connection Opportunity program.
As a saxophonist, Stephanie is an active ensemble musician and soloist. A current member of the Eastman Saxophone Project, she has frequently played with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Wind Orchestra, and Musica Nova. She has also garnered top prizes in numerous local, regional, and national solo and chamber music competitions. Stephanie made her solo debut at the age of 16 with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, and she has played at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing, China). Her primary teachers have included Douglas O’Connor and Chien-Kwan Lin.