Stephanie Kitson is an educator, vocalist, and professional musician in Portland, OR. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, she grew up performing in musicals and singing in choirs at school and selective choirs around the state. She majored in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis at Northern Arizona University, where she went through an intense curriculum of music theory and history. Post-college, she has pursued jazz studies both vocally and on the piano. She now freelances as a lead vocalist, bass player, and pianist in different venues and ensembles in the Pacific Northwest.
Stephanie falls more in love with music every day, and seeks to grow as a well-rounded musician for the rest of her life. There is always a new instrument to learn, a new song to hear and analyze, a new style of singing to understand, etc. She aims to guide students in their own growth and exploration.
Get to Know Stephanie
What is your favorite part of teaching?
Guiding students to their own potential. Each one has a moment where the gears shift and they start to understand the music for themselves, as a musician.
If you could listen to only three pieces of music/songs on a deserted island, what would they be?
“Stardust” on the Jazz at Oberlin album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
“Molasses” by Hiatus Kaiyote
"The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846–893" by Johann Sebastian Bach
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Breakdancing. By far.