Stephen Whimple, 24, hailing from Clifton Park, New York, attends The Juilliard School as an Irene Diamond Graduate Fellow. He currently studies with Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. Prior to his graduate studies, Stephen completed his Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude at The Crane School of Music, at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied Applied Trombone with Dr. Mark Hartman, Dr. Charles Hopkins, and Jazz Trombone with Bret Zvacek. At Potsdam, Stephen performed with professional ensembles such as the St. Lawrence Orchestra, Orchestra of Northern New York, Central Winds Syracuse Wind Symphony, and Northern Symphonic Winds. In previous summers, Stephen has attended prestigious programs such as the Third Coast Trombone Retreat, the Texas Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Institution. In 2018, he was selected as a finalist in the ITA Robert Marsteller Solo Competition, and in 2017 placed 2nd in the Texas Tech University Big 12 Tenor Trombone Solo Competition. Masterclass experience includes Boston Brass, George Curran, Tim Smith, Burt Mason, and Colin Williams.