Stephen Kunzer is known internationally as a solo artist, chamber musician, educator, clinician, and lecturer, having performed and taught coast-to-coast in the United States, Thailand, Mexico, and Korea.
Stephen is born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he is Lecturer of Music at Oklahoma State University (OSU); his duties at OSU include teaching a large studio of tuba and euphonium students, and conducting the tuba/euphonium ensemble.
Enjoying a varied ensemble career, Stephen has performed with the Tucson Symphony (AZ), Dayton Philharmonic (OH), Las Vegas Philharmonic (NV), and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestras (OK), the acclaimed Dallas Brass Quintet, and performed both tuba and bass trombone as a member of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Broadway Las Vegas Series. Stephen has enjoyed performing behind some of today's great artists - Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Joshua Bell, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, John Fogerty, Arturo Sandoval, and Willie Nelson, to name a few.
Stephen received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, and his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he served as graduate assistant.
Stephen has previously served on faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is the "New Materials" editor for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal.
Divisive Elements is Stephen's debut solo album that was released in 2016 featuring new music for the tuba and euphonium, available at major online outlets.
Stephen is proud to be an International Artist and Clinician for Eastman Music Company.