Adjunct Professor of Tuba & Euphonium
DMA: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (In-Progress), MM: Ohio University, BFA: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Steven Darling, Adjunct Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium, instructs tuba and euphonium lessons, studio class, tuba-euphonium pedagogy/literature, directs the Wright State University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and performs with the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet. Additionally, Mr. Darling serves as Adjunct Instructor of Euphonium at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, instructing euphonium lessons and euphonium excerpt class. Prior to joining the faculty at Wright State University, Mr. Darling served as Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Murray State University and a Sabbatical Substitute of Tuba and Euphonium at Ohio University.
Mr. Darling has achieved success in regional and international competitions, having received 2nd at the 2014 ITEC Euphonium Artist Competition, 1st at the 2015 NERTEC Euphonium Artist Competition, 1st at the 2015 SERTEC Euphonium Artist Competition, 1st in the 2015 Ohio University Concerto Competition, 1st in the 2016 MTNA Ohio Brass Competition, 1st in the 2016 CCM Brass Choir Concerto Competition, 2nd in the 2016 MTNA East Central Regional Competition, was a Semi-Finalist at the 2016 ITEC Chamber Competition, 1st in the 2017 Tuesday Musical Brass Solo Competition, was a Semi-Finalist at the 2017 Falcone Tuba Artist Competition, and 1st Prize in the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition.
An active performer, Steven has performed on tuba and euphonium with ensembles throughout the region including the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra and the Lima (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Darling has appeared as a soloist with the Cincinati Brass Band, Ohio University Wind Symphony, CCM Brass Choir, Sheboygan Pops-Concert Band of Wisconsin, and the University Youth Wind Ensemble of Wisconsin. Mr. Darling has appeared as a guest artist and lecturer at local and international conferences including the 2018 Wright State University Low Brass Festival (WSULBF), 2018 IMEA (IN) Conference, 2018 MWRTEC, 2017 NWRTEC, 2017 GPRTEC, 2016 ITEC, 2016 KMEA (KY) Conference, 2015 SERTEC, and 2015 Midwest Trombone-Euphonium Conference. Mr. Darling co-hosts the WSULBF with his colleague Dr. Gretchen McNamara, Senior Lecturer of Trombone. The WSULBF annually draws some of the finest musicians of the brass world to WSU, consisting of concerts, lectures, and masterclasses.
An advocate of new music, Steven has premiered works throughout the United States by award winning composers Ellen Ruth Harrison, Benjamin McMillan, Lawton Hall, Ian Lester, Richard Wetzel, Elaine Ross, Andy Francis, Sy Brandon, Michael Neumeyer, and Daniel Harrison. Recently, Steven received a series of grants including the 2016 Co-Op Press Recording Assistance Grant and the 2017 CCM POWER Innovation Award, which have been used to fund his debut album 'Dualities,' published on the Emeritus Recording label. As a composer, Steven’s works have been performed at conferences throughout the United States including the 2017 TUSAB Workshop, 2017 GPRTEC, the 2017 IET Festival, 2016 ITEC, 2015 MWRTEC, 2015 SERTEC, and 2014 ITEC. In 2015 Steven’s work Til’ Human Voices Wake Us for Pierrot Ensemble was selected as a Finalist in the Seattle Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition. Mr. Darling’s arrangements, transcriptions, editions, and original compositions have received publication from Cimarron Music Press, Potenza Inc., Euphonium.com Press, and Cherry Classics Publishing.
Steven currently serves as the Pedagogy Video Librarian for ITEAONLINE.org, the official website of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. In this capacity Mr. Darling works with leading performers and educators of the tuba-euphonium community to create pedagogical videos for ITEAONLINE.org. Previously, Steven was the first-ever Pedagogy Resource Librarian, working with publishers to procure examples of pedagogical materials. Additionally, Mr. Darling is a reviewer of new materials for the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal. In 2015 Steven’s article “How to Prepare the High School Euphoniumist” was published in TRIAD, the official journal of the Ohio Music Educators Association. Mr. Darling has primarily studied with Timothy Northcut, Jason Smith, Marty Erickson, and Mark Hoelscher.