Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Music Education from Messiah College
Stephanie Danielle Gonzalez is thrilled to be the Orchestra Director for Downingtown High School East and Downingtown High School West, and STEM Academy. Prior to Downingtown, Mrs. Gonzalez taught general music, chorus and string orchestra in the Lower Dauphin School District, where she was also an adjudicator and guest conductor of the Harrisburg Junior Youth Symphony Orchestra. Originally from the West Chester Area, Mrs. Gonzalez is excited to come back to her roots in Chester County, where she is looking forward to bring a fresh perspective to the Downingtown Area Orchestra program.
Mrs. Gonzalez began her journey with music at a young age, and has passionately studied violin for more than twenty years. Recently, she has been a 1st violinist with the Central Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Gonzalez has also performed professionally with a variety of chamber ensembles and directed student groups for community events and special venues, including the Rotunda at the Harrisburg Capital Building, the Hershey Hotel, Christmas with the Celts at the Whitaker Center, Joy-an Irish Christmas Concert with Keith & Kristin Getty, and the Harrisburg Senators.
A proud graduate of Messiah College, Mrs. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 2013, where she studied violin under Peter Sirotin, Concert Master of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Founding Member of the Mendelssohn Trio. In addition to her concentration on violin, Mrs. Gonzalez studied cello with Fiona Thompson, Principal Cellist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and member of the Mendelssohn Trio. During her senior year, Mrs. Gonzalez student taught at Gettysburg Area High School. She has also studied piano and voice, and additionally plays guitar and ukulele.
Presently, Mrs. Gonzalez is a candidate for a Masters of Music in Music Education at The University of Florida.
Music has long been a passion for Mrs. Gonzalez, a passion she desires to build in every student musician, for as Plato so eloquently expressed, “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”