who attended Luther
College and graduated
in 1973 with degrees in music and philosophy. His mentors included Robert
Getchell, Charles Geyer, Adolf Herseth, Arnold
Jacobs, and William Scarlett.
to Chicago, Illinois, and worked with the Chicago
Brass Ensemble, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, and the Lyric Opera.
In 1982, he joined the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
participated in the Casals Festival in June 1988, performing Francis
Poulenc’s “Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone” at the
Performing Arts Center in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto
In April 1989,
he interpreted Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s “Concerto
for Trumpet in E flat” at the Washington
in Columbia, South Carolina.
fellow brass musicians Milton Stevens and Edwin Thayer and the Virginia
Symphony in March 1994 for a rendering of David Ott’s
“Brass Concerto”, which was sandwiched between Maurice Ravel’s
ballet music from Daphnis and Chloe
and Zoltan Kodaly’s “Variations on a
Hungarian Folk Song”.
In March 1996,
he was the guest soloist of the City of Fairfax Concert Band on Alexander Arutunian’s “Concerto for Trumpet and
He and the
rest of the NSO Brass Quintet did a residency in North Dakota in the spring
of 2003 which included stops at Beulah Middle School, Bismarck State
College, First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck, Kenmare High School, the
North Dakota State College of Science, Red River High School and St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church in Grand Forks, and the University of Mary in Bismarck,
and West Fargo High School.
Their concert program consisted of: “Beale Street Blues” by
W.C. Handy; “Fanfare to the Common Cold” by Peter Schickele; “Hallelujah” and “Overture
by George Frideric Handel; “Second Suite in
F” by Gustav Holst; “Suite from the Monteregian Hills” by Morley Calvert; “Three
American Jazz Classics” by Duke Ellington; and, “Variations on
a Joke” by Peter Schickele.
May 2003, the National Symphony Orchestra performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s
“Concerto No. 1 in C minor” at the Kennedy Center
with Steven playing the trumpet bits and Sam Post at the keys.
again: Steven and trombonist
Milton Stevens performed in the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn
Recital Hall a the University of Maryland
on 13th October 2003.
February 2005, the Kennedy Center Chamber Players pitted Ludwig van
Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 1, No. 1” and Johannes Brahms’ “Sextet
No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18” against Paul Hindemith’s “Sonata
for Trumpet and Piano”, with Steven as featured soloist. They played the same program at the
Terrace Theater on 13th February 2005.
He was one of
several instrumentalists to team up with the Cathedral Choir of Men and
Girls and the Washington Ringing Society for an Easter concert at
Washington National Cathedral on 27th March 2005. The Resurrection music
included: “Allamande and Galliard” by William Brade; “Canzone per Sonare
#2” by Giovanni Gabrieli; “Easter
Hymn”; “Ellacombe”; “Five
Pieces” by Anthony Holborne; “Fortunatus”, “Lux
eoi” and “St. Kevin” by Arthur
Seymour Sullivan; “March, Chorale, and Fugue” and “Sarabande and Minuet” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Two
Pieces” by Francois Couperin; “Unser Herrscher”
by Joachim Neander; and, “Victory” by
Giovanni Pierluigi da
February 2006, he gave a master class in the Cook-DeWitt
Center at Grand
University in Allendale, Michigan. He followed it up with a concert at
the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in the
Performing Arts Center.
September 2007, he was at Northern
College as a soloist with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra
in a performance of the aforementioned Hummel trumpet concerto at Ernst Community
in Annandale, Virginia.
He took part
in the American Symphony Orchestra’s South
Carolina residency on 11th February 2008 by
presiding over some master classes at Furman
University in Greenville. On 12th February 2008, he
and fellow trumpeter Thomas Cupples, tuba player
Stephen Dumaine, horn player Martin Hackleman and trombonist Craig Mulcahy
appeared at Bundy Auditorium at the University
of South Carolina in Lancaster.
They did their
Arkansas residency in March 2009, performing
at the First Baptist
Church in Jonesboro. On 18th September 2009,
they performed at the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Virginia.
Steven was the
featured soloist on 24th October 2009 when the McLean Orchestra performed
Hector Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture”, Shostakovich’s
“Symphony No. 10 in E minor”, and Henri Tomasi’s
“Trumpet Concerto” at Oakcrest School
in McLean, Virginia.
April 2010, he returned to his home town to instruct students at Decorah High School
and Decorah Middle School and lead a pair of
master classes at the Center for Faith and Life and Jenson-Noble Hall of
Music at his alma mater.
He was back in
the nation’s capital in May 2010 for a trio of NSO concerts conducted
by John Adams that include the maestro’s “Dharma at Big Sur”
and “Doctor Atomic Symphony”,
Op. 4” by Igor Stravinsky, and “Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes” by Benjamin
October 2010, members of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and the National
Symphony Orchestra, including soloists Heather Green, William Neil and
Jane-Anne Tucker, with Steven on trumpet, performed the allegro from
Charles-Marie Widor’s “Organ Symphony
No. 5”, “Chaconne in G minor for Violin”, “Concerto
for Organ, Strings and Timpani” by Francis Poulenc, “Pie Jesu” by Lili
Boulanger, and “Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in F flat” by Johann
Wilhelm Hertel at the National Presbyterian
Church in Washington, D.C.
The NSO Brass
Quintet entertained at Georgetown
University’s McNeir Hall on 19th November 2010. In February 2011, the NSO honoured its Kentucky
on the following recordings: Hallelujah Handel: Selections from Handel Oratorios;
Handel: Super Hits; Handel: The Complete
Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks; Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
in E flat; It’s Good to Be
the King; Light’s
Glittering Morn – A Musical Celebration; and, Melodious Accord.
Paul Hill Chorale recordings
O Come All Ye Faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Arranger – Jackson Berkey
Conductor – Paul Hill
Organist – Sondra Proctor
Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble