Born in Miami and raised in southern Illinois, tubaist Raymond Stewart is Associate Professor of Music at SUNY Fredonia. He maintains the tuba studio, has conducted the Concert Band, has conducted the musical (BARNUM, Spring 2005) and has lectured in World Music. He also serves as principal tuba of the American Composers Orchestra in NYC, the world’s only orchestra dedicated to the infinite variety of American music which performs regularly at Carnegie Hall.
He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, BM from the University of Miami School of Music, and MM from the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers have included Toby Hanks, John Stevens, with additional lifetime influences from Carson Johnson, Dave Sporny, and Dan Perantoni.
As a member of the internationally acclaimed brass chamber music group Meridian Arts Ensemble (co-founded NYC in 1987), Mr. Stewart has appeared in 49 states , 25 countries, and 4 continents at countless music conservatories, performance venues and festivals, and has worked with countless composers including Frank Zappa, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Elliott Sharp, David Sanford, and Lei Liang. He has recorded 9 cds with the Meridians on the Dutch independent label, Channel Classics. Reviewing a Meridian Arts Ensemble performance September 2002, the New York Times wrote about Mr. Stewart’s work: “…the tuba lines were cleanly and precisely articulated.”
Mr. Stewart has also worked directly with singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant, theatre and film director Julie Taymor, Academy Award winning film score composer Elliot Goldenthal, jazz pianist Toshiko Akyoshi, Brasil's living choros/bandolim legend Joel Nascimento and Brasil's musica popular diva Marisa Monte. Additionally, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway (CHICAGO, SOUTH PACIFIC, STATE FAIR, CANDIDE), the off-Broadway hit JUAN DARIEN, movie soundtracks (SPHERE, TWO FAMILY HOUSE, TITUS, BRIDE OF THE WIND, WIDE AWAKE), TV jingle ads (AT&T, DUNKIN' DONUTS), the Walt Disney World Company, and 80's rock icons DURAN DURAN. At the age of 19, he was the featured solo sousaphonist in the international touring company of the Broadway musical BARNUM.
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