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Steven Parker

Affiliation: The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
The Blanton Museum of Art
Ensemble Signal

Artist's Biography
Dr. Steve Parker is the new trombone faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to his duties at UTSA, Steve is Artist-In-Residence at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin and at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. He previously worked as a J. William Fulbright Scholar in Germany and a Donald D. Harrington Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.

As a soloist, Steve has performed in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, with featured performances at the International Trombone Festival, Fast Forward Austin, the Spoleto Festival, futureplaces (Portugal), Santa Fe New Music, Bowerbird (Philadelphia), Roulette (NYC), BACKFABRIK (Berlin), HPR\'s From the Front Row (Houston), and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago).

In the orchestral realm, he has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Sarasota Opera, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and the New World Symphony, with fellowships at the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez and Ensemble InterContemporain, Music Academy of the West, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

An advocate of new music, Steve has commissioned or premiered over 100 new works, working with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Corey Dargel, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang. He is an artist of Ensemble Signal, described as \"a new music dream team\" (TONY), with appearances at Tanglewood, the Guggenhem Museum, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. His performances can be heard on NPRs Performance Today, PBS Newshour, and on Bridge, Cantaloupe and Mode Records.

Equally devoted to teaching, Steve previously served on the faculties at Texas Lutheran University and the Bay View Music Festival, and has conducted masterclasses at universities in the U.S., Europe, and South America. His former students have had success in international competitions, and have been accepted at elite conservatories nationwide.

Winner of the Austin Critics\' Table Award, Steve is the founder and director of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art. SoundSpace is a concert series that features simultaneous, cross-disciplinary performances throughout the museum\'s galleries.

Steve holds a D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. from Rice University, and a B.A./B.M. from Oberlin College in Mathematics and Music. His principle teachers include Dr. Nathaniel Brickens, Michael Mulcahy, Abbie Conant, Steve Norrell, Mike Svoboda, Robin Eubanks, David Waters, James DeSano, and Arnold Jacobs.

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