ABOUT US

Curtis Campbell, Cello

Curtis Campbell began playing double bass in junior high school. He soon began composing and arranging. In high school, he played in the Kingsville A & I orchestra, played in country bands and performed his own compositions in a rock band. He majored in music composition at the University of North Texas and performed with the orchestra on double bass. After leaving North Texas he moved to Chicago to develop an art rock ensemble. He studied conducting at the University of Chicago with Barbara Schubert.

Curtis returned to the University of North Texas and studied composition and counterpoint with Thomas Clark and cello with Carter Enyart. After leaving North Texas he moved to Austin to explore the music scene but discovered art photography. He spent six years as a professional photographer, specializing in large-format landscapes and hand-printed Cibachrome images.

After producing approximately 1,200 photographs, he returned to the cello, performing with the Austin Civic Orchestra and then starting his own chamber music ensemble. In creating the new ensemble Curtis considered the complex relationship between the artist and the public and wanted to form an ensemble that would satisfy the needs of both. This relationship has often been explored in literature but was best exemplified to Curtis in the novel “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand.

Miranda Steinle, violin/viola

 

Miranda grew up in Springfield, Mo, and studied piano, violin and viola. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she studied viola with Kate Hamilton.

Miranda has a diverse musical background including performing with the Capital City Men’s Chorus and Les Miserable at the Zach Scott Theater. She regularly performs professionally with the Victoria Symphony, the Laredo Philharmonic, and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Miranda is a founding member of The Fountainhead Ensemble.

She is studying accounting at Austin Community College.

 

Stephanie Stuart, viola/violin

Stephanie got her start as a professional violist with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, and at the time at the age of 15, was the youngest member ever. Stephanie studied viola performance at West Texas A&M under Amy Brandfonbrener, the violist of the Harrington String Quartet.  She then continued her viola performance education at University of Texas Arlington under Catherine Forbes where Stephanie played a leading role in Bratsche Con Brio, a viola ensemble that toured internationally. Stephanie taught for the String Preparatory Program at the University of Texas at Arlington on a regular basis. She also performed for years with various symphonies in the Dallas metroplex including the East Texas Symphony, Arlington Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony, and Plano Symphony.

Outside of classical music, Stephanie enjoyed traditional Irish music. She learned Irish fiddle in the County of Galway Ireland, where she hitchhiked the Irish coast going to pub to pub and played fiddle for her food and lodging. She explored early music learning the medieval fiddle “vielle” and performed regularly with the Texas Early Music Project, Istanpitta, and Passing Measures. She was a combat medic in the Army.

Now living a settled life of her dreams in the classical music ensemble, she also enjoys teaching violin to her two children. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games with her husband where she crushes him daily.

 

 

 

 

THE FOUNTAINHEAD ENSEMBLE

Book your special occasion now! Contact Curtis Campbell at fountainheadensemble@austin.rr.com or call 512.627.5729