Stephanie Chang

Instructor of Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano


My Background: I started my musical journey as a pianist.  When I was in elementary school, there was an offering of Suzuki violin class. That is where I fell in love with the violin. There was something so inexplicable and personal about the violin.  I received my bachelor’s in music performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY,  and my master’s from the Yale University, School of Music.  I loved attending music schools and learning so much about all aspects of music.


What I love about teachingI love being able to share the love of music with my students.  I like seeing student’s budding interest turning into lasting passion and quest in music.


One way I help my students succeed and flourishLearning to play an instrument is really forming a relationship with oneself, music, and the teacher. Through discipline, dedication, and passion which music requires, it is definitely a journey to learn about yourself.  One way I would encourage my students is to guide with the right repertoire, staying positive with oneself, and not to lose sight of how great music is which makes the journey all the more worthwhile.


Performance Experience: I have performed with orchestras and opera companies in many states.  I performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, Sacramento Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Taconic Opera, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, etc.  I also perform in many chamber groups such as piano trios and string quartets.



Hometown: Closter, NJ

My Musical Influences: I grew up  listening to recordings of all time favorite classical instrumentalists on piano, violin, cello such as Heifetz, Richter, and Casals.  I am also an opera and ballet aficionado.

Favorite hobby or activity when not teaching or playing music: Reading, walking and hiking with my dog Bela, knitting, and cooking.

Favorite food: breakfast, salad, and any ethnic food.

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