Stephanie Carlson received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD) in Voice Performance from the University of Arizona. Stephanie has appeared on operatic stages across the United States and Europe and performed lead roles in over fifteen operas including, The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, and Lady Billows in Albert Herring. Stephanie was the first place winner in the regional NATSAA competition, and the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition in New York City, where she went on to represent the United States in Vienna, Austria. In 2015, Stephanie moved back to her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Since moving home, she has appeared as a soloist on the Embassy stage with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and continues to perform throughout the region.

In addition to her performing career, Stephanie worked as an Opera Teaching Artist with the Opening Minds through the Arts program (OMA) in Tucson, Arizona, for 13 years. OMA is a leader in a national movement to integrate the arts with the core curriculum of
Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. During her time with the OMA program, Stephanie worked with students to create and perform over 165 original operas.

Before coming to The Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Stephanie served as the Director of Development and Education for Heartland Sings, where she developed and implemented an Arts Integrated Residency that uses the genre of opera to teach Language
Arts and Literacy year-round in Northeast Indiana schools.  Stephanie is excited to continue the impact of this residency by incorporating the genre of movement and rhythm as the next step for participants, and continue to use arts integration to impact the lives of
Northeast Indiana students.

Stephanie’s first experience with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective occured in 1st grade where she was a student at Weisser Park Elementary School and participated in Liz Monnier’s modern dance class. It was there that she developed a love of the arts and the
Fort Wayne Dance Collective. This love has grown into a passionate lifestyle of performing, teaching, and development work to keep the arts alive and thriving in Northeast Indiana.
Stephanie currently serves as the Development and Program Manager at The Fort Wayne Dance Collective.