Trumpet artist Stephen M. Wadsack is a rapidly emerging performer, music educator, arts administrator, influencer, and entrepreneur. His skyrocketing career has already taken him around the country, sharing the stage with world-renowned musicians across various genres.
Currently based in the Greater Cincinnati area, Stephen regularly performs as a freelance trumpeter, soloist, chamber musician, and member of various large ensembles. He is a frequent guest musician with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra (KY), and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, as well as nearly a half dozen additional regional orchestras in the area. Stephen also performs as Principal Trumpet in both the Queen City Chamber Orchestra and the Merit Theatre Company Orchestra.
For nearly ten years, Stephen played trumpet and performed various administrative duties for the nationally touring and award-winning ensemble, Grand Avenue Brass. Currently, he leads a quintet comprised of top brass musicians in the Cincinnati area. This ensemble recently performed a 3-month series of educational concerts presented by Linton Chamber Music- an affiliate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home in all musical styles, Stephen is also frequently called upon for jazz performances, commercial engagements, and recording work. He can be seen and heard as a trumpeter in the live band at King's Island amusement park, which performs for approximately 3.5 million individual guests each year.
Wadsack joined the faculty at Wilmington College as the trumpet professor, instrumental music instructor, lecturer, and director of athletic bands in August of 2018. In addition to this appointment, Stephen maintains a private studio of several students and an active schedule as a guest artist, clinician, and soloist. To date, he has worked with over 20 university and high school programs across 16 different states.
A unique aspect of Wadsack's teaching philosophy is a passion for leadership and helping his students toward development in all areas of their life. He is frequently called upon to speak on leadership topics and conduct trainings at various institutional levels. Stephen encourages his students to apply the same concepts used in pursuit of musical excellence to all aspects of their lives- resulting in greater artistic satisfaction, self-honesty, a fulfilling musical journey, and a more entertaining performance for everyone involved.
Stephen is both a lifelong learner and advocate of music. He is a published author in the music education journal Wyoming Windsong (2015), and also served as a member of his home state's delegation at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) summit; these lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. played a critical role in securing funding--and a musical education--for public school students nationwide. In 2014, Wadsack was a recipient of the prestigious Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar in Music award.
In the trumpet community, Wadsack currently serves as the Midwest District Coordinator for all Affiliate Chapters of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). He has also performed and/or presented at every ITG conference since 2017. Last year, Stephen served as the Executive Staff and Competition Host Assistant at the National Trumpet Competition, hosted at the University of Kentucky. He is also committed to exploring new works for trumpet. Through recent collaborations with award-winning composer Martin Hebel, Stephen has co-commissioned two arrangements for trumpet quartet. He also commissioned and performed the world premiere of Hebel's Rhapsody for One.
Outside of musical pursuits, Stephen loves connecting with friends, family, and current/former students in a variety of ways. He is very passionate about the outdoors, and loves traveling to new places (especially National Parks). At home, Stephen enjoys hosting board game nights, reading up on theology, all things coffee, and even brewing his own beer. He is also particularly proud of his Wyoming heritage (Go Pokes!).
Stephen is happily married to his wife and "adventure partner", Casey. He is also grateful for the tutelage and mentorship of many wonderful teachers. Among them are: Alan Siebert, Philip Collins, Scott Belck, Scott Meredith, Christopher Lubken, and Steve Schofield. Stephen is a proud graduate of the University of Wyoming (BME) and the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati (MM).