Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets. ~ L.V. Beethoven
Kristin Stephenson has won numerous awards, including first prize in the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. She earned her undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and her doctoral degree at Pennsylvania State University with Christopher Guzman. She was the recipient of a University Graduate Fellowship. She continues studies of the Taubman approach with Robert Durso of the Golandsky Institute, and studies of performance and pedagogy with her longtime mentor, Julia Bernstein of the New England Conservatory.
Dr. Stephenson performs recitals regularly in the Northeast. She has served frequently as an adjudicator and performed in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in Spain and Germany. She presents on performance-related topics, including J.S. Bach’s Little Preludes and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, among others. An avid church pianist, she hones her skills in accompanying and improvising on traditional church hymns.
In addition to serving as artist affiliate at Bucknell University, Dr. Stephenson has taught on the piano faculties at Lycoming College and Pennsylvania State University. She maintains a private teaching studio in State College, Pennsylvania and a virtual, online studio for the central New Hampshire area. Her students have won prizes at the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition, Connecticut International Young Artist Competition, Granite State Auditions, Duquesne Young Artist National Competition, and Music Teachers National Association State Competitions.