Born in Miami and raised in southern Illinois, tubaist Raymond Stewart is Associate
Professor of Music at The State University of New York at Fredonia. He maintains
the tuba studio, conducts the Concert Band, has conducted the musical (Barnum, Rent, Hair) 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.
Last year, Mr. Stewart appeared on the Broadway stage in the longest running American
show in history, Chicago, for a total of 55 shows as a substitute player on tuba and string bass.
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 11 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.
Links of Interest:
Fredonia Tuba Studio on Facebook