Steven Emery

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My goal as a teacher is to encourage my students to awaken their own talent, to discover, develop and refine their skills, to cultivate and clarify their artistic vision and to learn to evoke a sense of wonder in those who hear them play.

Steve Emery joined Boston Conservatory in 1988 as an instructor of trumpet and chamber music.

Emery began playing the trumpet at the age of eleven and within two years started a Dixieland band and was playing professionally. Throughout college and graduate school Steve was very active in the pop-music scene in New York, after which he began teaching at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1976.While teaching, he continued working as a pop, jazz, and commercial recording artist in Kansas City. He was invited to join the trumpet section of the Kansas City Philharmonic and served as second/utility trumpet and eventually as assistant principal trumpet. He earned the co-principal trumpet position at Columbus Symphone where he served as acting principal trumpet for seven years. In 1988 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a member of the trumpet section.

In 1974 Emery earned a B.M. with honors in trumpet performance from The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of Gene Young. Following graduation from Oberlin Conservatory, he became the teaching assistant at The Ohio State University, where he earned an M.M. with honors in trumpet performance and studied under Richard Burkart. Following the completion of his academic degrees, Emery continued his study in master-classes with Vincent Cichowicz as well as taking an occasional lesson with Adolph Herseth.

Emery remains active as an educator, soloist, and clinician and performs regularly with Greater Boston arts organizations such as Boston Ballet and with his wife, Deborah DeWolf Emery, who is a professional accompanist. Emery is currently on the faculty of The New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory and the Longy School of Music of Bard College and maintains a private teaching studio in Braintree, Massachusetts.