Stefanie Abderhalden is a flutist living in Downers Grove, Illinois. Stefanie can be heard regularly as a member of the Fox Valley Orchestra flute section. Stefanie also has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Municipal Band, and the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra
Stefanie is a strong advocate for new music. During her 2015-2016 performing season she led a consortium of flutists commissioning composer Roy D. Magnuson to write the piece “The Flibbertigibbet’s Fabrefaction Volume 1” for solo flute. She also premiered Robert Fleisher’s “Five Pieces for Flute and Percussion” with percussionist Kyle Flens at Northern Illinois University. Stefanie also toured in Illinois with ensemble G.P. (flutist, Jennifer Wilhelms) performing concerts of new music. From 2011-2014 she performed with the Apollo Duo and was part of commissioning four new pieces for flute and percussion by composers Patrick O’Shea, Nathan Daughtrey, Jason Cress, and Danielle Fisher. The duo released an album of new music titled “Genesis” that was commercially released in 2015 (Avid Sound Records, ASR 20151).
Besides performing, Stefanie instructed private music for over 10 years, working with students of all ages and abilities. Most recently she taught flute and piano out of her home studio as well as at Quinlan and Fabish Music Company in Burr Ridge, Illinois and in the Plainfield, Illinois public school district. Stefanie is currently on a leave from teaching to stay at home with her daughter.
In addition, Stefanie is treasurer for the Chicago Flute Club. She is also a member of the Musicians Club of Women and the National Flute Association.
During her collegiate years, Stefanie attended Illinois State University receiving a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in flute performance. Her primary teacher was Kimberly McCoul Risinger; she also studied with Elivi Varga and Christa Krause.
When not doing musical activities, Stefanie can be found spending time with her husband Erik, daughter Lorelai, and fur baby, Chloe. She enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, and spending time outside.