Chief Musical Director
B App Comp, BPA (Mus), B Teach (Hons), MEd (Research)
In May 2005, Steve was appointed Musical Director of the University of Tasmania Wind Orchestra, only the second person to hold this position in the Wind Orchestra’s 20 year history. Stephen has been involved with the Community Music Program since 1990 when he joined as a trombonist. Since that time he has held numerous musical positions, including Principal Bass Trombone and Principal Trombone of the Wind Orchestra, Musical Director of the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. He stood down as the musical director of the Wind Orchestra in 2020 and as Chief Musical Director of the programme in 2023 and Luke Beasley was appointed to both roles.
For many years he served as the Executive Officer and Administrator for UTCMP. During the week Steve is Head of Visual and Performing Arts at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston and he has also lectured in Music Education at the University of Tasmania. He has appeared as a guest conductor, adjudicator and soloist throughout Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand. In December 2006 Steve visited Northwestern College, Minnesota US where he undertook further study in conducting, brass pedagogy and music education.
In 2013 Stephen co-founded the City of Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra, which has established itself as Launceston’s and Tasmania’s premiere community symphony orchestra.