An active solo and chamber performer, Dr. Sick was educated in Russia and the United States. She teaches at Hamline University and manages the International Piano-e-Competition. The competition exploits modern technologies by bringing performers to the competition via “virtual auditions” as well as sharing the competition performances with worldwide audiences. A pioneer in the field of long distance piano performance and instruction, Stella has taught students in various parts of the United States, connecting her piano to the student’s piano over the Internet. Using long distance MIDI connectivity technology, she has performed long distance as well.