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Biography

Praised for her “energetic and versatile playing,” flutist Justine Stephens is a charismatic performer who thrives on sharing music with her audiences. Ms. Stephens is going into her fourth and final year of undergraduate Music Performance studies with Wendy Herbener Mehne at Ithaca College. She has also studied under Susan Hoeppener, Jessica Raposo, Matthew Wright, and Elizabeth Harris. She has participated in masterclasses with Jeanne Baxtresser, Sir James Galway, Jeffrey Khaner, Alexa Still, Bradley Garner, Bart Feller, Gary Schocker, and more.

At Ithaca College, Ms. Stephens has placed into the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band this past academic year, as well as placed into the semi-final round of the Ithaca College Concerto Competition with the first movement of the Carl Nielsen Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. She has attended the Skidmore Flute Institute, the Julius Baker Masterclasses, and Le Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy. Ms. Stephens actively performs original compositions by her classmates, and most notably has played flute in a short film called Kuvuka Daraja that was selected for the tenth annual International Black Women’s Film Festival in San Francisco last July. 

Ms. Stephens was also a member of the St. Paul’s Chorister Program (Norwalk, CT) for six years and has performed overseas twice in the United Kingdom. The group toured England in 2007 and England & Scotland in 2010, singing in various cathedrals. 

In the fall, Ms. Stephens will be among seven other students of the Ithaca College School of Music piloting the ICNYC Music Immersion Program – a “study abroad” experience in New York City. She will be studying under Bärli Nugent at The Juilliard School.

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