Stella brings 25 years of experience to her work as a performing artist and teacher. Tutored by her father, an accomplished musician, Stella Meinzer began studying the piano at age four.
She graduated with honors from the University of California at Irvine, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. She later moved to Seattle where she worked for many years as a collaborative pianist with many instrumentalists, vocal artists, and jazz and ballet dance companies. Later she joined the Peace Corps, where she served as professor of piano at the National Academy of the Arts in San Salvador, El Salvador.
A Suzuki teacher since 1987, she has trained hundreds of students of all ages. Helping parents to become supportive advocates for their children is an important aspect of her work. As an ambassador for the Suzuki method and philosophy, she has organized numerous workshops. While in Hawaii, she directed several Hawaii Suzuki Institutes.
In addition to being a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Stella is a Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) nationally certified teacher of music and past President of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, Linn-Benton District.
"Stella's caring, professional manner has motivated Susanna to reach toward her potential as a pianist. Mutual trust, respect, and affection mark their relationship. Stella's honest care for her students comes naturally."
"Stella Meinzer is a seasoned professional: a gifted performer and an inspiring teacher."
"She is a fine performer and her students have also developed a high level of performing ability and fine musicianship."
Teacher of the Year
Austin Area Music Teachers Association
"Stella has many fine students who are making good progress under her excellent teaching. She is a fine musician with good rapport with children."
President, Hawaii Music Teachers Association