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Steven Pilcher

Teaching Artist

Born and Raised in Broussard, Louisiana, Steven Pilcher began learning to play the trumpet at the age of 10. Noticed for his exceptional talent, he was soon offered scholarships to attend the Acadiana Conservatory of Music, and to play in the Acadiana Youth Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his early years he won numerous solo and concerto competitions including the Gulf Coast Trumpet Competition, Monroe Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the National Trumpet Competition. As a teenager he appeared as a guest performer with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and Acadiana Winds. He was offered full tuition scholarships to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Interlochen Academy among others.

He has performed with a schola cantorum, big bands, chamber orchestras, brass ensembles, small combos, national & international touring artists, on soundtracks, and was a regular fixture of the New Orleans Music scene before moving to New York City. Notable musicians he has worked with include GPGDS, GIVERS, Tony Allen, Cyril Neville, Tatiana Eva-Marie, John Boutte, & Chubby Carrier. Festivals he has played include New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Bayou Bougaloo, Golden Fest, Festival International de Louisiane, Bear Creek, Leaf Festival, and SXSW. He has toured extensively throughout the US, Mexico, Germany, Spain, France, England, and Australia.

Steven works as a freelance trumpeter/vocalist, arranger, after-school teaching artist, and music minister. He is currently the music minister at Fordham Lutheran Church in the Bronx where he directs the choir and has resumed his study of the Pipe Organ.

Steven was a recipient of the Howard Hanson Award along with the George Eastman Grant and graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with acclaimed orchestral trumpeter and pedagogue, James Thompson.

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