Stefanie Acevedo


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Personal Statement

Great music captivates. Audiences and performers alike become engaged and feel enlivened by the melodies and textures, the harmonies and rhythms. My goal is to write great music. Throughout my musical career, I have often experienced the exhilaration of playing and listening to an intense work. This elation has been my inspiration to develop a talent with which to write music as equally delightful to other musicians. By studying modern musical techniques, I wish to develop an intriguing sense of rhythm and harmony. I believe that the comprehensive study of theory is essential to developing my composition skills. I hope to teach theory/composition at a higher institution as well as continue composing professionally.

Short Bio

I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. As a third year student, I am studying Music Composition under Dr. Paul Richards but have also studied under Dr. Paul Basler. I have also studied with Frank D. Liberti in Orlando, FL. In performance, I am studying with Dr. Arthur Jennings in the UF Trombone Studio.

Born in Colombia, South America, I am a native Spanish speaker but am fluent in both languages. My parents live in Orlando, Fl yet we have moved around the U.S. multiple times. 

I began playing the trombone in 7th grade at Howard Bishop Middle School in Gainesville, Fl. In one semester I made third chair Symphonic Band and first chair All-County. I continued playing at Eastside High School for two years and then moved to Orlando, where I attended Dr. Phillips High School. While not able to enroll in the Visual and Performing Arts program due to my grade level, I took the theory track offered along with performing in the marching, symphonic and jazz bands. The great interest in theory soon blossomed into the career track which I am pursuing.

At UF, I have participated in the Marching, Basketball, Volleyball and Symphonic Bands as well as the University Orchestra. I am also an active brother of the Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Fraternity for College Bandmembers and the recording secretary of the Delta Gamma chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women. I also participate in the International Alliance for Women in Music and am the current president of the UF chapter of Society of Composers, Inc.

I would like to thank my performers for all of my recordings, including but not limited to:
John Jenkins (Melange)
Joel Brown (Trombone Etudes)
Dr. Laura Ellis (Troika)
Amanda Deivert -soprano- and Jonathan Moore -piano- (Kyrie)
Mark Rush (Chutes and Ladders)