Steven is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park (DMA in Performance and MM in Jazz Performance) and Virginia Commonwealth University ( BM in Performance). Steven is also a graduate of Dinwiddie Senior High School in Dinwiddie, Virginia.
Steven earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Master of Music in Jazz Trumpet Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park and studied with Chris Gekker. During his time there, Steven was the trumpet graduate assistant, performed as principal trumpet with the UMD Symphony Orchestra and UMD Wind Orchestra on select concerts and played lead trumpet with the UMD Jazz Ensemble for 5 years. He performed as lead trumpet for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, third trumpet in 2015, and 2nd trumpet in 2016.
Steven earned his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied with Rex Richardson, Brian Strawly, and Mary Bowden. As a freshman, he performed with with VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble Sixth Annual New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall. Steven performed at the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild with the VCU Trumpet Ensemble. He won the first annual VCU Concerto Competition with his performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. Steven received music scholarships throughout his time at VCU in classical and jazz studies.
Master Classes Performances
Jens Lindemann- International Trumpet Soloist
Chris Gekker- Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland, 2014
Allen Vizzutti- International Trumpet Soloist, 2010
Marvin Stamm- highly acclaimed jazz trumpeter, 2008
Kevin P. Gebo- International Trumpet Soloist, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, 2010
Anthony Plog- International Composer and Trumpeter, 2010
Rodney Mack- International Trumpet Soloist, Principal Trumpet with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, 2011
Jose Sibaja- Boston Brass, Associate Professor of Trumpet at Vanderbilt University