Stephen received a BM in piano performance from the University of Houston with Dr. Tali Morgulis and an MM in performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg. Currently, Stephen is a doctoral piano student of Dr. Rène Lecuona at the University of Iowa. Stephen has taught piano students for several years while living in North Carolina. He is enjoying his summer of Suzuki Teacher Training and looking forward to furthering his knowledge in the method. Stephen is joined by his new wife, a clarinetist, who will be pursuing her doctorate.