Multi-instrumentalist, artist and teacher, Stefanie Schmitz has been exploring the San Diego music scene since 2001. Clarinet, tenor saxophone, and Brazilian percussion are among the instruments with which she expresses her eclectic platform of genres including jazz, classical, samba, choro, funk, Klezmer, Balkan, musical theatre and more. Stefanie attended UC San Diego where she received bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and French Language Studies.  She directs and performs with a number of San Diego based music groups. The same knowledge and enthusiasm she exhibits as a band leader she inspires in her students, teaching private and group lessons on clarinet, saxophone, and percussion to a range of ages and levels. She also teaches Brazilian percussion in schools in conjunction with the Center for World Music.