Stephanie Silver, a soprano and pianist, frequently performs in church services and related activities. While attending Walla Walla College, now University, she was a frequent soloist in programs presented by the music department.
Silver was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington, one of two daughters born to Colleen Compton and Glenn Silver. From her earliest years she enjoyed singing and as a child dreamed about when she would be able to start voice lessons. Finally, at age sixteen, she was able to start lessons under Kandice Dickinson, voice teacher at Walla Walla College, now University.
The experience with Dickinson was an inspiring one for her, one that subsequently continued and concluded under Matthew James, chair of the music department at WWC. She had started piano lessons at an early age and continued study on that instrument while at college as a student of Debra Bakland (Richter). She later described her study with James and Richter as a memorable and amazing time for her, part of an overall enjoyable experience as a music student:
My music study at the college was the most memorable part of my college studies. Most of my fondest memories are from lessons, choir trips, and singing in the choir. The highpoint for me, however, was when I played Mabel in the college's production of The Pirates of Penzance, under the direction of Dr. James. It remains as my favorite memory from those years.
Although she started as a music major, she completed a B.S. in 2004, with elementary music education as her major and voice as her minor. She subsequently returned to school and is now an ICU nurse in Walla Walla.