Originally from Spencer New York, Grace Scarpino-Stoutenburg holds a Master of Arts in musicology from the Pennsylvania State University School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree with a specialization in harp performance from the Crane School of Music, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Scarpino-Stoutenburg is a member of both the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Ms. Scarpino-Stoutenburg has had the honor of performing with the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, the Crane School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestras. She has also performed with multiple chamber ensembles while at the Crane School and was a co-winner of the 2006 Chamber Music Competition.
Outside the performance hall, Ms. Scarpino-Stoutenburg has pursued higher education in music history and theory. Her Master’s thesis explores the inseparable union between supernatural and human character development and music in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest. Her undergraduate senior thesis investigates the value and meaning of music through the lens of music theorist, Leonard B. Meyer. She explores Dr. Meyer’s explanation of humanity’s insatiable draw toward music and how such emotional experiences can be explained theoretically.
Ms. Scarpino-Stoutenburg has a passion for teaching and enjoys working with students of all ages. She offers private harp instruction and gives lectures on harp history, practice, and technique to kindergarten through collegiate audiences. www.gsharpist.webs.com