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STEPHANIE WOEHRMANN began her musical training at the age of six. She studied classical piano, classical voice, jazz bass and jazz vocals—and was most inspired to pursue music as a career choice by her longtime teacher and mentor Phil Robb. In college she studied with Dr. Charlene Archibeque at San Jose State University. Shortly after college, Woehrmann performed as a recurring lead Soprano vocalist with the San Jose Symphony and was a Soprano vocalist for the San Jose Cleveland Ballet’s production of Carmina Burana.

Woehrmann (née Martinez) is the granddaughter of immigrants who migrated from Spain and Puerto Rico to work in the coalmines of West Virginia and in the fields of Santa Clara Valley. Her grandfather was a lifetime member of the machinists union. Woehrmann went to elementary school with many migrant farm-worker children in Gilroy, CA. It was during this time that she witnessed a UFW picket line while out walking with her grandfather—in that moment she was educated on the spot about the value of the union when her grandfather refused to cross the picket line and instead stood in solidarity with the striking workers.

It was this inspiration that brought Woehrmann to El Teatro Campesino in 2004. Under the guidance of Kinan Valdez, she was the Resident Musical Director of El Teatro Campesino from 2006–2010. Her production credits include; Corridos!! Ballads of the Borderlands, La Carpa de los Rasquachis, Zoot Suit, ACTOS, La Pastorella and La Virgen del Tepeyac. In 2006 she was asked by Valdez to collaborate with him as writer and she as composer. Since then Woehrmann and Valdez have collaborated on two musical actos commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Basta Basura (2006) and Watt-a-Waste (2008)—and two full-length musical productions for El Teatro Campesino; The Fascinatrix (2007) and Sam Burguesa and the Pixie Chicks (2009). Woehrmann was named as an Artistic Associate for El Teatro Campesino in March 2008. In 2010 she went on sabbatical to return to her studies as a music composer. Her goal is to obtain a Ph.D in music composing at UCSC.

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