Stephanie Thompson received her Bachelors in Piano Performance from Willamette University, studying with Jean-David Coen, and her Masters in Piano Performance from USC, studying with Antoinette Perry. She is an alum of the Aspen Music Festival, and a longtime member of Daniel Pollack’s annual masterclass program at the Evergreen State College.
Stephanie lives in NE Portland with her husband Michael Afentoulis and their daughter Anthea. She is the staff accompanist and teaches classical piano and piano accompanying at Lewis and Clark College. She also is the director of music ministries at University Park United Methodist Church.
Stephanie’s two main focuses in her teaching are:
No.1. The healthy use of the entire body during piano playing. Development of
a free and painless technique that utilizes natural motions and avoids strain
No.2. Finding repertoire that appeals to students personally, both musically
and technically. If a student has music that they love, they will practice
without coercion and be proud of the results of their work.