Competition Preparation (on-line)
"Stephanie helped my younger one prepare for competition. She was highly skillful, supportive yet strict. Initially, my girl was a bit nervous to work with Stephanie because of her high reputation. Stephanie was very kind and fun, using metaphors to help my 10-year old understand the music. She not only helped my child overcome barriers to master the music, but also shared much practical advice for international level competition. We did not expect this, but my 10-year old won the first prize and invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, New York. Highly recommend Ms. Quinn!"
"I've known Stephanie for a number of years through annual performances of Chicago's "Do-it-yourself Messiah." She is a real "pro" and I can well imagine that she is a fine teacher."
Vermeer String Quartet
Violin & Piano
"Ms. Quinn teaches my daughter (age 9) violin and my son (age 11) piano. She has been teaching them for four years and counting. My daughter loves playing the violin. It really benefits her to have a violin teacher who also plays the piano and is so versatile in her skills to assist her learning. She is a rare teacher who can combine a fun kid-sense of humor in her lessons with serious attention to technique and musicality. My son is a reluctant musician compared to my daughter, and shy, but because of Ms. Quinn’s meticulous preparation (including her monthly master classes where her students perform for each other) he ends up playing wonderfully at his recitals, which boosts his confidence. As someone who has advanced music training myself (flute), I can testify that Stephanie is a master teacher, especially good for students aspiring to advance their training and wanting to audition for youth and symphony orchestras. Thanks Stephanie for all you do!"
"Dear Stephanie: Sara performed last night in New Trier High School's Spring Orchestra Concert. She is in the Concert Orchestra, but I don't think she told you that she was moved up to first violin & Concertmaster. (This only happened in the last few weeks. Mr. Rosheger did unannounced tryouts, and she moved from 4th chair). Last night was a tremendous moment; I was very proud of her. Thanks again for all the work that you have done with her to get her to this point."
"I have known Stephanie Quinn for over 14 years, during which she has been my piano teacher, mentor, and friend. Her accomplishments as a professional musician — on piano and violin — are numerous and impressive in and of themselves. What distinguishes Stephanie, however, from other performers / teachers is her unique combination of competence, passion, and disciplined approach to teaching. Her studio, which includes students of all ages and levels, is unmistakable proof of that. I am extremely grateful to Stephanie for starting me on a path towards love of music, and for helping me develop the ability to share it with others."
"The first Saturday of every month, Stephanie Quinn offers a 60 minute Masterclass at her Studio, She teaches both violin and piano, and her piano is a Mason Hamlin Grand. At the monthly group class, some of her students perform on a voluntary basis, as well as other attendees who would like a critique of their performances. Sometimes she has a talented guest performer, most recently jazz violinist, Paul McIntire.
Additionally, Stephanie gives a short presentation on a variety of musical topics, such as sight-reading, band or orchestral conducting, internalizing rhythm, etc., with an opportunity to try out her suggested techniques. It is an informal but always entertaining and informative session. I continually come away with useful new ideas for improving my musical abilities.
If you've been curious about the classes, I encourage you to attend a few."
"Stephanie is amazing. She is an excellent teacher and truly cares for her students. I have been taking lessons from her for a month now and really love it. She makes sure to explain things and makes it fun! She is an inspiration and I love doing my homework and always look forward to go to my lessons with her! Stephanie makes sure that her students will succeed in their goals. She is patient. It is up to us to really do our homework in order to achieve excellency which Stephanie provides for her students!"
Marion, North Carolina
"Stephanie is an amazing teacher! She has helped me so much with basic ear training! I was worried about learning basic ear training online, as I'd not returned yet to Asheville. Her method is great and I have made so much progress in a short amount of time with her already! I highly recommend her for lessons!"
(Berkeley School of Music)
Asheville, North Carolina
"We've been with Ms. Quinn since we moved to Wilmette. She is a serious musician whose classical training is impressive - that was evident from the start. What I have come to respect greatly is what a compassionate and versatile teacher she is. My daughter is a very different piano student than I was, but Stephanie really seems to understand her needs too. Ms. Quinn gives students an excellent grounding in the classics while also being able to understand that the point of making music is in keeping it fun."
"Stephanie's method of teaching is ideal for me as an older adult...very patient but she challenges me not to take shortcuts and to follow her guidance. Our sessions are very productive, yet enjoyable."
Asheville, North Carolina
"Stephanie is extraordinary! I never gave it any thought that it would be possible to learn such a complex instrument as violin via Skype. To find someone as professionally trained as Ms. Quinn is very challenging in of itself. However to have someone of her caliber teach my daughter from many miles away in the comfort of our home is truly amazing! Stephanie is very patient, observant, extremely knowledgeable and a talented teacher. It is quite a luxury to work with her and I highly recommend her. If you are hesitant to try her online lessons I would suggest you at least give it a chance; you will be pleasantly surprised."
San Antonio, Texas
"Stephanie Quinn is a wonderful piano and violin teacher. She is a consummate professional in her field who has both the talent and credentials to back up her amazing performance history. As an adult beginner of an instrument and a resident of Chicago, Illinois, I was fortunate to have the experience of some private instruction with Ms. Quinn. She has the ability to relate to both the adult and the child in their quest of learning to play music, taking the knowledge and experience earned from some of the most distinguished music institution curricula in the nation, and distilling it into the vernacular to teach those around her. All this she does with grace and with a unique quirky sense of humor. Bravo for Ms. Quinn!"
"As a senior, after many years of not playing the piano, I became interested in developing my latent skills. Stephanie encouraged me to develop, practice, and grow in music appreciation. Stephanie is kind, patient, organized, and very pleasant to work with. After many years of growth, I can highly recommend her teaching abilities."
"Stephanie Quinn has re-sparked my love of music after years of not playing. I feel revitalized, and, thanks to lessons with Ms. Quinn, feel confident in my playing and am willing to play in public. I am so grateful to Ms. Quinn for the opportunity to rediscover my own musical abilities."
Stephanie "Rockstar" L.
"In the past one and half year, Sara not only improved her skills but also changed her attitude. She starts to love the music and can practice by herself. In the past, we have to push her really hard and have to stay with her with her practice. We are all very happy about that. Thanks!"
"I had taken lessons locally for several months and was very frustrated. I was given a color coded sticker and sheet music to get me playing fast however I actually wanted to learn to read and understand music.
On a lark I found Stephanie on an internet search. We scheduled a call where I explained my experience, frustrations, and what I wanted to accomplish. I honestly did not think online classes would work. Was I wrong!! It takes great skill in verbally correcting bow holds, etc. and Stephanie is terrific. Before I was told to practice, but I never knew HOW to practice. Stephanie assigns specific tasks, # of times to repeat, and even time durations for homework. She is so friendly and easy to work with. I would recommend her for any age or skill level!!"
"I began taking online Organ lessons with Stephanie in July of 2016. She is an excellent instructor. She makes you want to learn and do your best. She is very patient and explains things very well. She asks that you practice 20 minutes a day. Since she inspires you to improve and do your best, it is easy to practice longer than requested. She has brought joy back into my life through music. I am very grateful."
"Stephanie was an INSTANT "hit" with our Granddaughter. She had a great time for her 1st online lesson, and can't wait to practice this week, and grow in skills."
"She was great. Online she taught me the fundamentals & told me what to work on, looking forward to knowing more about singing with Stephanie."
"I've been told my entire life that I cannot sing. I'm the one who would clear out the room on karaoke night. Recently I decided to learn just one song (to win a bet with my son) and found Stephanie in a web search.
At my first online voice lesson - learned so much, had fun and came away feeling as though, "I can do this." With Stephanie's training, knowledge and insightful teaching backing me, I have new hope.
Stephanie tuned into me, my needs and goals, she really got it! Nothing cookie-cutter about this lady; I feel the lessons are worth every dime. Now - off to practice..."
"I've chosen Staphanie as my teacher, because I needed someone who will really quickly help me make my English accent better. I took the fact that she is also a musician as a big advantage as I assumed she'll be able to hear all the false accentuation I make. In fact, if you want to work on your English skills, it's the best combination of skills.
It was really clever decision. Stephanie is able to explain things clearly and fast. Step by step, syllable by syllable, trains student how to speak properly. If you're ready to do your homework and want to see progress fast, Stephanie is perfect person to work with. And she is very kind, too!"
New Castle, Delaware
"She is amazing, she was able to hear pitch and piano tone over the internet connection and is wonderful in working with our son. I would highly recommend her."
"Stephanie Quinn is a superb artist who gives serious consideration to what she is performing and also to requests made of her for special programs. She is warm and very wonderful so talk with and to plan with. I would recommend her for anything that is desired. She also plays wonderful instruments. What a musical treat for our Music Club!"
"Stephanie was absolutely wonderful. She was Professional and accommodating. She's an incredible artist who took our vision of the way the wedding ceremony music would go and made it a reality. We asked for a specific version of two different pieces be played and she nailed it. We would recommend Stephanie to our closest friends and family."
"What an incredible violinist. She played for my mom's funeral and I was in awe. I'm sure my mother was smiling from heaven. She opened with Ashokan Farewell - it was amazing (even better than Celtic Woman). The ministers and many guests commented on how beautiful the music was. Thank you, Stephanie, for making her memorial so special!"
Old Fort, NC
"Stephanie is an incredible soloist and handled every curve ball we threw at her, playing pieces she had never before played and fulfilling all the Bride's requests. She was as professional as she could be and, more than that, she had an intuitive feeling for the spirit of the occasion and just flat out knocked it out of the park. She contributed so much to the success of the event with feeling and sensitivity. If you are looking for a top flight musician for your event, do not hesitate to use her, she is the answer to your needs. Thank you Stephanie, we are fans!”
Boone, North Carolina
"The wedding was beautiful, but she added the touches to make it perfect. She did a wonderful job and we will be looking to her for future events.”
Hickory, North Carolina
"Stephanie was fantastic! I booked her to play violin during our marriage proposal at the Buckingham fountains. She was on time, professional, enthusiastic & fun! She actually helped brainstorm how to put it all together with me. Everything went very smooth and Stephanie playing the violin put the perfect touch on our amazing moment together. I would highly recommend her!”
YouTube - Serenade for Marriage Proposal
"Pianist AND Violinist! We just had our wedding at the Chicago Trump Hotel in September and Stephanie was wonderful. She played the violin solo for my ceremony and switched to the grand piano at the cocktail hour prior to our dinner reception. We have many people in the family, including myself, who have studied music and so it was a discerning audience. While it was background music, I asked Stephanie to treat them to a classical concert and that she did. So many guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music- Stephanie was beyond professional and is of course superbly talented. She's worth every penny and I know you’ll enjoy!”
"Dear Stephanie, I would like to thank you again for the magnificent Concerto performance at the Mozart Birthday Party. You certainly rose to the occasion with what seemed to me to be not only a note-perfect performance but with great musicality. Certainly, everyone felt the same as I did. I hope that the recording with the orchestra did your playing justice. Perhaps we could do another concerto in the future? In any case, with much gratitude for making this party such a success.”
"Stephanie was wonderful, and we actually had very uncommon and specific requests for my daughter's wedding and did everything very last minute. She really exceeded everyone's expectations and we've gotten lots of compliments on our music choices, although the credit was all hers. And of course her versatility is obvious (I refer to her proficiency in both, violin and piano). Thank you so much Stephanie!!!"
"My experience with Stephanie was outstanding to say the least! Stephanie creatively adapted to our venue which included strolling amongst the guests playing her violin - everyone loved it. We had some time prior to the event to get acquainted and it was truly a pleasure to interact with her on a one-on-one level as well. If I am hosting another corporate gathering in the Chicago area, booking Stephanie will be my first call. I highly recommend Stephanie and would gladly share my experience further if desired.”
"She did a nice mix of music and was wonderful with an audience. I received quite a bit of positive feedback and had several people ask if Stephanie would be coming back to our library."
"Everyone at the reception was talking about Stephanie and how she created a beautiful atmosphere of music with her violin. I know people loved the music she played while they waited for the wedding ceremony to start as well as the music during and after. Thank you Stephanie for making this day special.”
"Stephanie is a joy, a treasure, and most definitely worthy of 5 stars! My husband and I deeply appreciated her amazing talent, which she so graciously offered to our wedding ceremony. She is professional, communicative, and insightful. She played the prelude, processional, and recessional music at our ceremony, all of which created a joyful atmosphere, in addition to treating us and our guests to a concert-worthy classical performance! Stephanie truly made our day wonderful, memorable, and uniquely ours! My husband and I could not have imagined a contribution to our event as beautiful and perfect as the one she gave us. Much gratitude from Sarah and Sean!”
"This was our company's second time using the services of Stephanie Quinn for a musical performance at a corporate event. Last time, two different musicians handled the sessions we needed due to scheduling conflicts. Bother were terrific. This time, Stephanie herself was able to perform. We found her to be personable and very talented. We would recommend her and the musicians she places for others considering using Stephanie Quinn. Thank you!”
"Stephanie Quinn performed at my late sister's memorial service. Ms. Quinn was extremely helpful, accommodating and understanding in the selection of music. She worked closely with me and even did her own arrangement of a selected composition. On the day of the service, Ms. Quinn accompanied by cellist, Lorraine Wallace, arrived on time and began playing as about 80 guests entered the chapel. They performed beautifully throughout the hour long chapel service. Their music was not incidental to the service but an integral part of it. At grave side, they performed two works-one somber and one, at Ms. Quinn's suggestion, uplifting. Their music is what I will remember."
"Stephanie was spectacular from beginning to end in planning and accommodating to our event. A consummate professional and a wonderful person. I highly recommend her and would absolutely use her again. She was simply outstanding. What's more she was able to take my request for a particular piece of complicated music that was the hit of the evening. She is a star.”
"Ms. Quinn arrived on time and ready to perform. The music was flawless. Our guests had all positive comments. The music added such an emotional flare to my son's outdoor wedding. I could not have asked for more from Ms. Quinn. She's truly a professional in every sense of the word.”
"Working with Stephanie was tremendous. Stephanie is extremely professional, and kept in close contact with me until the day of my brother’s wedding. Her performance was flawless, hitting every note perfectly and producing full sound. All of my guests really appreciated her performance during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Her talent truly set the mood, and made the evening elegant and classy. So happy I chose Stephanie to perform at my brother’s wedding. I plan to use Stephanie for my next elegant affair.”
"Stephanie played for the social hour between our ceremony and dinner. She was absolutely fabulous! Her music added the perfect backdrop to the lovely venue. She found the right volume balance so as not to make it impossible for those who wished to 'chat'. Several members simply listened . . . I was in awe of her talent. I hope we will be able to schedule her for future occasions. Jean M Goulka Secretary/Treasurer Priory of St. Simon of Cyrene, SMOTJ"
"Ms. Quinn was absolutely amazing. She went above and beyond the day of our wedding. I, the bride was 2 hours late to my own wedding (stuck at the salon with half the wedding party) Stephanie took it upon herself to play for my waiting guests in the club house. (She was only scheduled to play outside during the ceremony) Everybody complemented me about her performance. I can't thank her enough for her professionalism, understanding, and great talent she possesses. I would without hesitation recommend her to any close friend or family member and would definitely use her services again if the occasion called for a violin soloist.”
"I asked Stephanie to play romantic music at a lunch with my wife on our 10th anniversary. She was non-intrusive, played beautiful music, showed up on time, and was a lovely person all around. It was a complete surprise to my wife and she was blown away by the romance that Stephanie helped to create."
"We really enjoyed working with Stephanie, the music she played at our ceremony was perfect and helped to make our special day extra special. Many of our guests commented how beautiful the music was that she played. Stephanie was very easy to work with, friendly, professional and extremely reliable. I would highly recommend this talented artist to play at your event. Thank you SO much Stephanie, it has been a pleasure to meet you and thank you for been part of our wedding day. Naomi and Jason Korkus”
"Stephanie was absolutely wonderful. She is an incredibly talented violinist -- many of my guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music. She gave me a wide selection of pieces to choose from which was an incredible help. I highly reco Stephanie Quinn for any event that you're looking to make "extra special". My sincere thanks!"
"Stephanie and her cellist accompanist were fabulous. They made our party event a great success. With their ability to be eclectic they played music from classical times as well as from the 40's 60's and show tunes. They were reliable and insightful- totally a musical pair that I would hire again and again."
"We hired Stephanie on violin along with her friend Lorraine Monaco Wallace who played cello for our company Christmas party. Stephanie's communication and helpfulness was amazing! She was willing to play whatever type of music we required. Both Stephanie and Lorraine's musical talent was beyond my expectations. In addition they are friendly and enjoyable people. I would hire them both again."
"Stephanie Quinn's performance was magnificent! We held an outdoor wedding at a local golf course and although it was outside, the music was just the right volume that could be heard by all quests from front to back. Stephanie Quinn's performance was very impressive and very professional! From a scale of 1-10, she is definitely a "highly recommended" 10! Thank you again Stephanie for making our special day such a memorable one!"
"Stephanie and her Quartet ensemble did a fantastic job at my wedding. From the very beginning Stephanie was extremely accommodating with my needs. She was able to put together the music for a special song that I wanted to walk down the aisle to even though it required a lot of extra time and effort. She showed up on time and played everything that we wanted her to play. It really added the extra special touch that we were looking for. Thank you so much Stephanie!”
"Quinn Trio was hired for a wedding. They are extremely gifted and professional musicians. They presented themselves elegantly. All of the guests complimented on their performance and were very impressed with the music that was played. Stephanie and her coworkers were very nice and courteous to talk to the guests and answered all their questions. They were hired to play for 5 hours and were in good spirits the whole time. I thank you so much for your services and will recommend you to anyone needing a fantastic trio. Very sweet people.”
Tuckasegee, North Carolina
"Ms. Quinn was wonderful to work with for my daughter's wedding ceremony. Her quartet was professional and extremely talented. Our guests enjoyed their gorgeous music so very much! I would highly recommend this ensemble for your event."
"Talented, flexible, punctual, fun. Definitely have them play your garden wedding or cocktail party, you won't regret! We received so many compliments after our wedding, thank you for being so great to work with!"
"I stumbled upon Stephanie Quinn after a little hiccup left me scrambling for a ceremony musician. And boy am I glad Stephanie was still available! She is so sweet and accommodating. She truly cares about making your day as perfect as possible. She was there throughout the whole process to make suggestions and offer her professional opinion without being pushy. And as far as her talent goes, you will not be disappointed. Thank you, Stephanie, for making my day that much more beautiful."
"I hired Stephanie Quinn leading her ensemble at my father's memorial service. I was incredibly impressed from start to finish. Stephanie was responsive and so easy to work with. I especially appreciated that she was as comfortable with me choosing musical selections as with giving suggestions. We chatted a bit about my father and the tone of the event, and then she emailed me wonderful ideas for music that gave the ceremony a warm, personal touch. The musicians were on time, impeccably dressed and played beautifully. All of the guests commented on how wonderful the music was. I was very grateful and would definitely hire them again.”
Asheville, North Carolina
"Stephanie has been a pleasure to work with! She helped my wedding day dreams come true! Very supportive, professional, kind and fun! Thank you for all of your hard work and traveling so far for us! Quinn Ensembles is the best! We were given many compliments for our wedding ceremony music!”
Moore, South Carolina
"Stephanie listened to what I wanted and arranged a musical composition that PERFECTLY fit my needs. I would definitely recommend them.”
"The Quinn Quartet was excellent! Extremely talented and versatile, Stephanie and her group played Classical to Jazz to Irish folk to Rock and Roll on strings! It was exactly what we wanted: classical leading up to the ceremony, Canon in D for the bride (played perfectly), classical to begin the reception while people were eating and getting their first drink, then more fun, upbeat jazz tunes, Irish folk and Rock and Roll as the food ended and the dancing began. It was perfect! All this from one group! I highly recommend Stephanie for your wedding or any event.”
"Stephanie was so personable, easy going and flexible. When planning the music with her I changed things up on her several times, and she just rolled with the punches. She played so beautifully, and worked so well with her cellist and vocalist... I could not be happier with her work on our special day. Thank you, Stephanie!”
Saint Charles, Illinois
"Stephanie Quinn is AMAZING! Not only did she coordinate a song with our vocalist from New York City, she met with him IN NEW YORK to discuss the piece. We could not have been more pleased. She was the highlight of our ceremony, and the guests were raving! You MUST hire Quintessential strings for your next event!"
"Excellent! Stephanie was very accommodating, working with our last-minute requests very well. They played beautifully throughout the ceremony and reception, we were very pleased."
"Stephanie was wonderful! The talent and energy she brought to our intimate ceremony was really the icing on the wedding cake. She was very helpful in picking out the perfect musical selections and giving her suggestions as to placement of them in the ceremony. Stephanie was very positive and energetic when communicating with me. She was early the day of our ceremony, which began at 6:30 am and was nothing short of professional in every way at the event. Played on que and was very accommodating. She even braved the 50 degree weather! Music was not something I had to worry one second over. She made it flawless.”
"Stephanie was extremely easy to work with. She arranged a song just for my daugher's wedding, which provided the perfect touch to the ceremony. To create the trio I asked for, Stephanie secured highly professional musicians to play with her and the music was exceptional! I would strongly recommend Stephanie Quinn and Quintessential Strings to anyone wanting a highly professional performer for any event!”
"The music was wonderful. They played in three different locations: funeral parlor, church, banquet hall. They adapted well to each location. I am very glad I found them.”
New Carlisle, Indiana
"I was very pleased working with Stephanie from start to finish. Personal and professional, I found her easy to talk to. She took all requests into consideration and used her professional judgement when necessary. My guests are still telling me how much they enjoyed the prelude music they heard, while awaiting our ceremony. Each musician showcased wonderful talent. I would recommend Stephanie whether you are looking for a solo performer or a small ensemble, she will deliver!”
Spring Grove, Illinois
"Beautiful music. Very professional. On time.”
"Stephanie was very easy to work with. She found solutions for all of the little concerns and hiccups that accompany every wedding, and the result was fantastic. The music was lovely for our outdoor cermony. We used a duet, and everyone was impressed with the quality of music they provided with only two instruments. I would use them again without hesitation!"
Vernon Hills, Illinois
"Stephanie and Lorraine's performance was outstanding. We booked on short notice and Stephanie took the time and patience to help us plan a spectacular event."
"They were great overall... The arrived on time and played wonderfully... Added exactly the touch we wanted to our daughter’s wedding.”
“The music provided by Stephanie Quinn made the party. I would hire her Quintessential Strings again in a heartbeat.”
"Dear Stephanie, I wanted to take the time to thank you for all of your wonderful Quinn Quartet performances for Polo Ralph Lauren. It was a pleasure listening to you and your colleagues. you have a very talented group which is very apparent to all listeners. not only was I very impressed, but so was Polo! I received a call Monday morning praising the job you have done. The call included kind words such as "outstanding professionals" and "absolutely sensational". Your outstanding performances have pleased Polo beyond belief and made us look wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again."