University of Alabama - D.M.A.
The Juilliard School - M.M.
Stephen Whimple, hailing from Clifton Park, New York, is currently a DMA candidate in Trombone Performance at the University of Alabama, where he studies with Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. Prior to his studies at UA, Stephen attended The Juilliard School as an Irene Diamond Graduate Fellow, Morse Teaching Artist Fellow, Music Advancement Program Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant for the Tenor Trombone studio. During this time, he was a student of Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, Summa Cum Laude, at The Crane School of Music, at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied applied trombone with Dr. Mark Hartman.
Stephen is an alumnus of programs such as the Arthur Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet, Third Coast Trombone Retreat, the Winter Trombone Workshop, the Texas Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Most recently, he was a finalist in the ATW Division 3 Solo Competition and an Alternate for the ITA Lewis Van Haney Orchestral Excerpt Competition. In 2018, Stephen was recognized twice by the International Trombone Association, both as a finalist for the Marsteller solo competition and as a member of the Juilliard Trombone Choir, winner of the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition. He was a finalist in the 2017 Texas Tech University Big 12 Tenor Trombone Solo Competition. At the Crane school of music in 2016, Stephen placed as “Honorable Mention” in the Crane School of Music Concerto Competition. He was also a member of the 2016 Crane School of Music Chamber Music Competition’s 1st Prize ensemble, Bearbones Trombone Quartet.