Posting Date: August 26, 2010
Meet Stefanie Tessler: Expanding her horizons
By Scott Singleton
Photos by Sarah Singleton
Stefanie Tessler is not one to give up on her dreams. A cellist since the age of eight, she always dreamed of performing for a living but ended up in marketing after graduating from the University of Michigan with a liberal arts degree. “I wasn't happy,” she explains, “so I decided to go back to school and do what I really want to do.”
After moving to Atlanta in 2005, Stefanie started her search for the right school. “From the first time I stepped foot on the Kennesaw State campus, it was a comfortable feeling. The professors were extremely accommodating and friendly.” In 2007, she enrolled in the music education program at KSU and received the H. Fred Rodenhausen Endowed Music Scholarship for 2008 and 2009.
Stefanie has enjoyed the abundance of performance opportunities that KSU and the Atlanta community provide. She has benefited from playing with the KSU Orchestra, in recitals and with guest performers. Stefanie observes, “There are many opportunities for new music, both as a soloist and a chamber musician."
Additionally, Stefanie performs with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra and teaches private music lessons. She also recently performed for the world premiere of the Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired musical “I Dream” at the Alliance Theatre and is participating in the recording of the soundtrack for the show.
Michael Alexander, KSU director of orchestras, comments on Stefanie’s talents: “She will be a great string educator. Not only is she a very fine cellist, but she has a passion for teaching and sharing her gifts with others.” Stefanie, who is currently student teaching at Sprayberry High School, enjoys instructing the next generation of musicians. Barbara Hammond, program coordinator for music education, also adds, "Stefanie is a talented musician, a caring teacher, and a delightful young woman."
Stefanie, who graduates this December, has her eyes on the future. Before she begins teaching, Stefanie hopes to perform more frequently and continue private lessons. With many options in front of her, she adds, "I also hope to use my marketing background and become involved in arts administration."