A passionate and dynamic performer, teacher and scholar, Stephanie Lupo joined Olivet's faculty as the flute professor in 2019. She is also the woodwind coach of the Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Prior to these appointments, she was a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and the University of Akron.
Professor Lupo is principal flute of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, principal flute of the River Valley Wind Ensemble and she can be heard on the Albany Records label. She was also principal piccolo of the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra and co-principal flute and piccolo of the Ohio Light Opera. She has also performed with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the Iowa City Chamber Singers Orchestra and the Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she performs regularly in her flute duo, Whisper Tones. She performs on a 22K gold J.R. Lafin headjoint with a 9K/Ag Burkart body and a Keefe piccolo made with grenadilla wood with 14K rose gold fittings.
Active in the national flute community, Professor Lupo has performed, presented and adjudicated at festivals around the country, including the New York Flute Fair, the Upper Midwest Flute Association Flute Fest, the Iowa Flute Festival, the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association and the Atlanta Flute Fair. She has also adjudicated for the Society of American Musicians, the FBA P.I.L.O.T.S. Convention and IESA Solo & Ensemble contest.
Professor Lupo has contributed to several prominent flute-community publications including Flute Talk Magazine, The Flutist Quarterly, the Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline and the newsletters of the New York Flute Club and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia. She serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Flute Club as voting program chair, webmaster and Pipeline copy editor.
Professor Lupo is currently ABD (all but dissertation) for a Doctor of Music Arts degree in flute performance and pedagogy with a secondary area in music theory at the University of Iowa. As a proponent of piccolo pedagogy, her thesis entitled, “Achieving Accurate Intonation on the Piccolo and 39 Original Etudes Highlighting Alternate Fingerings” discusses facets of the piccolo that players must know but are rarely taught. She earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bradley University. Her primary flute teachers include Nicole Esposito, George Pope and Kyle Dzapo.
When Professor Lupo is not teaching or performing, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and competing alongside her husband, Rich, in Olympic-style recurve archery tournaments.