Steven Parker is a slide trombonist, composer, curator, and community arts organizer. He is the curator of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, Artistic Director of COLLIDE, an artist of NYC contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Signal, and teaches at UTSA. Previously, he has worked as a Fulbright and Harrington Scholar.
As a soloist, he has performed throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America at many notable festivals and venues, including Spoleto, Lucerne, Tanglewood, the Stone, Roulette, Bowerbird, and BACKFABRIK. He has commissioned or premiered over 100 new works, working closely with many leading figures of contemporary music, including David Lang, Pierre Boulez, and Helmut Lachenmann.
Steve is particularly interested in art projects that serve as community building tools. To this end, he has organized performances for 80 carhorns, 100 marching tubas, 80 trombones, 99 percussionists, and installed large interactive instrument sculptures in parking garages and alleyways. His compositions have been featured at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Ballet Austin, the Fusebox Festival, thirdbird, the Asian Arts Initiative, and in numerous public elevators in Chinatown Philadelphia.
Steve can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, seen on PBS’s Newshour and Arts in Context, at the SXSW music conference, and in numerous print publications. He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.