A dynamic performer, teacher and scholar, Dr. Stephanie Lupo is the flute professor at Olivet Nazarene University. 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.
Dr. 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 plays regularly in her flute duo, Whisper Tones. She performs with 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, Dr. 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. Dr. Lupo has contributed to several prominent flute-community publications: 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 served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Flute Club as voting program chair, webmaster and Pipeline copy editor for four seasons.
Dr. Lupo holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree in flute performance and pedagogy with a secondary area in music theory from the University of Iowa. Her thesis entitled “A Pedagogical Guide to the Piccolo Focusing on Intonation with 39 Original Etudes” 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 Dr. 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.