Stephanie Kisling received her Bachelor of Music degree Magna Cum Laude in 2013 from California State University, Fullerton in Orange County, where she was accepted on scholarship to study with renowned clarinetist Håkan Rosengren. Between 2008 and 2014 Stephanie regularly performed in various orchestras and musical ensembles throughout Southern California. In addition to her musical studies, she also pursued her love for languages, studying Hebrew, French, and Italian and serving as a Spanish translator both on campus and within the community. She was awarded her Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Historical Musicology, Early Music Performance, and German in 2018 from the University of North Texas. During her Master’s study, Stephanie spent two consecutive summers at Middlebury College’s Italian language school, where she concentrated on both the development of the Italian language from Latin and the impact of Dante Alighieri’s “La Divina Commedia” on post-Renaissance conceptions of death and the afterlife.
Stephanie currently lives in Vienna, where she is active in the Italian community as a member of the Italian Cultural Institute. She is continuing her passion for foreign languages by studying Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian and working as a freelance translator. In her free time, she enjoys traveling throughout Europe, volunteering with animals, and spending time in the beautiful nature of Austria.