Described as playing “exquisitely with a beautiful yet subtle phrasing and having impressive dynamic control” by Douglas Burden, bass trombonist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Stephen Ivany is a dynamic trombonist and music educator from St. John’s, Newfoundland.
As an active performer Stephen has enjoyed the challenge of pushing the limits of his instrument in all directions. He has commissioned several new works for trombone and trombone ensembles, exploring the extended boundaries of the instrument, and recently gave the world premier of Nansi Carol's A City Called Heaven written in memory of trombonist, Art Jennings. In 2015 he released his first solo trombone album entitled “This Shall Be For Music” with Newfoundland pianist, David Chafe featuring the romantic song cycles of Brahms, Mahler and Vaughan Williams. He maintains a busy recital schedule with performing across North America, with recent recitals in Denver, CO, Jacksonville, FL, Tallahassee, FL and St. John’s, NL. In January 2017, Stephen appeared with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra performing the Albrechtsberger Concerto for Alto Trombone, and the Larson Concertino for tenor trombone. This coming February, he will appear along side his colleagues in Garnet and Brass as soloists with the Florida State University Wind Orchestra.
As an active orchestral player, Stephen is currently the second trombonist with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Ocala Symphony Orchestra, was previously the interim principal trombonist with the Gainesville Orchestra, and appears regularly with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Orchestra, and Panama City Pops. He has formally held the position of principal trombonist of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, and second trombone with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
His passion for orchestral music is not outmatched by his love for chamber music. He currently performs with the Seminole Trombone Quartet, performing dozens of recitals and clinics across the United States, making their Carnegie Hall debut in May 2016. In December 2016, they gave a lecture at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the world's largest instrumental music education conference. He formally performed with the Elm City Brass Quintet and Hendrie’s Heroes Trombone Quartet both based in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2014, Stephen was a student fellow at the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, performing Stravinsky’s Histoire Du Soldat with critically acclaimed performances in New Haven, Phoenix, and New York City at Carnegie Hall.
Stephen also has a passion for music education of all forms and levels. In the Fall of 2017 he will join the faculty of Eastern Carolina University as Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium. He was also a founding faculty member of the Nunatsiavut Brass Bands camp, where he is privileged to teach both children and adults in a three-century-old brass band tradition in northern remote coastal areas of Labrador. During his time at the Yale School of Music, he was also the Euphonium teacher at Yale College. In 2013 and 2014 he has also been in charge of research for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Goes to School program, which is an interactive program aimed towards 11 and 12 year old students. He has also toured across Canada in educational outreach with both the Paddywagon Trombone Quartet and iTromboni.
Stephen received a Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University College of Music where he studied with Dr. John Drew. He holds a Masters of Music from the Yale School of Music studying with Scott Hartman and a Bachelor of Music with Honours from Memorial University where he studied with Dr. Karen Bulmer. He has also studied and performed for world-renowned trombonists Joseph Alessi, Nitzan Haroz, Alain Trudel, James Markey, John Marcellus, and Jesper Sorenson.