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Steven Emery

Trumpet Faculty; Chamber Music Faculty

Steven Emery began study of the trumpet at the age of 11 and within two years had started a "Dixieland" band and began playing professionally. He grew up in New York and through his high-school and college years played club dates with a variety of groups throughout the state, performing the music of the popular horn bands of the time. Emery continued serious study of his instrument with Professor Gene Young at The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and earned a B.M. degree in trumpet performance. Following his undergraduate work, he was offered a teaching associate position at The Ohio State University, where he studied trumpet with Dr. Richard Burkart and earned a M.M. with honors in trumpet performance.

The following year, Emery was appointed instructor of trumpet at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and also worked as a freelance jazz and commercial artist in Kansas City. He also performed as first call trumpet with the Kansas City Philharmonic. He continued his trumpet studies by attending seminars with Vincent Cichowicz and took an occasional lesson with Adolph Herseth. After two years in Kansas City, Emery auditioned for and won the Assistant Principal Trumpet position with the Philharmonic. Two years later, he won a position in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where he served as principal trumpet for seven years. In 1988, Emerywas invited to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as a member of the trumpet section. 

For the last 23 years, Emery has performed regularly with The Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras and is currently serving as professor of trumpet at The Boston Conservatory. He is also on the faculty of The New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music.

While working in the Boston area, Emery has had the pleasure of recording regularly for WGBH Boston, Touchstone Pictures and with well known ensembles such as The Empire Brass (Music of Gabrieli). He can also be heard on the debut CD of the chamber ensemble Proteus 7 (For Your Ears Only). Emery has also participated in the premieres of many contemporary works, including the American premiers of Heptade by Andre Jolivet, Born to Beat Wild by Nebojsa Zivcovic and the world premiere, in Tokyo, of The Eternal Leaves of the Gingko Tree by Kensaku Shimizu.

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