development director | composer | piano
Stephanie Joy began the piano at the age of three and studied the Suzuki method with Gay Pool. She made her solo debut at the age of seven, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Eagle Symphony. At the age of ten, she competed in the International Festival for Creative Pianists, and won numerous awards including "Best Idaho Pianist," "Best Original Composition by a Female Composer," and "Most Creative International Pianist." She has won several notable competitions and was the featured soloist in concertos performed by the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony, Meridian Symphony, and the Boise State University Symphony Orchestra. She has also won the Music Teachers National Association competition twice and was featured in the “Stars of Steinway” concert series along with performers such as Yoonie Han, Dr. Theresa Bogart, and Dr. Mark Hansen. She was commissioned to perform the Franz Liszt transcription of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for the same concert series.
She was invited to attend the elite Curtis Institute of Music - where notable composers such as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber studied - and was offered numerous scholarships at notable universities, but ultimately pursued her music degree at Boise State University. She was the recipient of the Jeker Family Trust Full-Ride Scholarship from 2009-2013. During her time at BSU, Stephanie studied piano under Dr. Del Parkinson and cello under Dr. Brian Hodges. She also participated in the BSU Symphony Orchestra with cello, harp, and piano. She graduated in 2013 from BSU with her bachelor’s in piano performance and Magna Cum Laude honors. She has studied with professors from the College of Idaho, Idaho State University, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, and the University of Michigan.
In her capacity as development director for 208 ensemble, Stephanie has been involved with the creation of avant-garden, and also serves as their website developer. She has performed and recorded with 208 ensemble at notable venues such as the Morrison Center, MING studios, Boise Contemporary Theater, and during the Treefort music festival. As a composer, she has had several of her works performed by members of 208 ensemble. Her compositions have won numerous state-wide and international awards, and she has had several of her works internationally premiered. She has had several works published, and in 2018 was commissioned to compose a work for the University of North Texas. She has had works premiered annually for six years by the Northwest Ecumenical Concert Chorale. She also served as the musical director of the True Story Project, performing at numerous venues on cello and vocals, including two featured performances at the Sapphire Room and Treefort.
Stephanie presently is pursuing her master’s degree in pastoral theology at St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She is currently a music director at St. Mark’s Catholic Community and is actively involved in various charitable organizations. A member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, she was a keynote speaker at the NPM annual conference in 2017. She is also a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and serves as the Scholarship and Budget Committee co-chairman, state representative, and website developer for the Treasure Valley Federated Music Club. She is also employed as the wedding coordinator for the Chateau des Fleurs of Eagle, ID, and she also works for them as a professional organizer. She is the founder and director of the Mary Helen Project, which serves survivors of sexual assault and provides advocacy, counseling, medical, and legal services. She has held membership with Mensa International, and has also worked with both the Fourth Judicial District as a Guardian ad Litem, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Re-Entry Program. She currently maintains a private piano studio of over 50 students, and plans to continue teaching music and composing in the years to come.