As an active orchestral musician, Stephanie Mientka is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Ballet Orchestra and is a regular substitute for Colorado Symphony. She has performed actively with Deciduous Trio as founding violist and was involved in the commissioning and creation of a number of new works for the ensemble. In addition, she frequently performs on the Western Slope Concert Series, a program she co-directs with violist, Andrew Krimm. Ms. Mientka holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a master’s degree from Rice University in Houston, TX. While at Rice, she was Teaching Assistant and led the ASTA viola studio blog for one year. Her principal viola teachers are Erika Eckert, Geraldine Walther, and Ivo-Jan van der Werff. Ms. Mientka is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at CU Boulder and serving as a Teaching Assistant for the CU viola studio.