Stephanie “Jazzing Out” on Stage
Allyson Abad ’16
Stephanie Woodford ’15 usually plays the piano in SI’s Jazz Band, but on January 24, she beautifully rocked out to “I Wish,” accompanied by the Jazz Band, at the Performing Arts Assembly. “I loved my performance at the assembly! I was a bit nervous at first, but I eventually calmed down,” she admitted.
Stephanie usually sings and plays the piano at the same time, so her performances at the Winter Concert and the assembly were her first couple of times singing with a band. Even though Stevie Wonder originally performed the song, Stephanie arranged the piano accompaniment, which she played at the Piano Recital on January 31. “I’ve been composing my own songs for three years now,” she explained. “I take composition classes at the SF Conservatory of Music, but my dad also helps me compose jazz songs. He’s my inspiration for my compositions and music in general.”
Stephanie began playing piano when she was six and started singing about three years ago, and it seems that she has a long musical career ahead. “I love how I can express myself with music, whether I sing, improvise on the piano, or compose music,” she stated. “My dad motivates me to experiment on the piano, and when I do, I sometimes surprise myself with what I come up with.”
Stephanie belts her song in jazz band
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