Milton Stevens - Music Director and Conductor

The conductor of the Washington Symphonic Brass, Milton Stevens, is also the Principal Trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra. As Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland, he is the conductor of the U of MD Brass Ensemble on the College Park campus. His knowledge and experience with brass literature has led to his increasing popularity as a conductor of this rich and varied repertoire.

Some recent guest conducting engagements have been with the U. S. Naval Academy Brass, the U. S. Army Band, and the New World Symphony Brass and Percussion. Milton Stevens has conducted performances of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with his colleagues in the National Symphony, and he has been a guest conductor of the Asaph Ensemble in Washington on many occasions.

Dr. Stevens’ conducting studies were with Gerhardt Wimberger in Salzburg, Austria, and with Bernard Goodman and Walter Eisenberg in the United States. In prior years, Dr. Stevens directed the Oberlin Brass Choir, the Boston University Brass Choir, and the Boston University Wind Ensemble. He was the founder of the Interservice Trombone Choir, comprised of professional trombonists from the various Washington area military bands.

Dr. Stevens earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Illinois, and Boston University, and he pursued additional studies at Tanglewood and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Stevens previously was a full-time faculty member at Oberlin, Boston University, and Ohio State University. Currently, in addition to his posts as performer with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Washington Symphonic Brass, he is an Adjunct Professor at Catholic University and an Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland.
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