Wyeth Aleksei, originally from Laurel, Maryland, began to play the trumpet at the age of 9. Then by the age of 15 he was performing “call to the post” at racetracks from Colonial Williamsburg to New York City. He then took his skills and put them in the classroom. Wyeth graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree. During his time at Oberlin, Wyeth participated in many summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Eastern Music Festival, Marowstone Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute and Festival, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. During his time at the National Orchestral Institute in 2017, the festival produced a CD of the orchestra through Naxos and that album was in the finalist list for a 2019 Grammy. The album included works by Carl Ruggles, Steven Stucky, and John Harbison. While at the National Orchestral Institute in 2018, Aleksei participated with James Ross on a Petrouchka Project that brought the puppet show story of Petrouchka to life. The orchestra musicians were dressed in costume and had a crucial role to play in the show. We had dance moves and synchronized movements with the rest of the orchestra that made the project really special.
While a student, Wyeth also recorded for the Oberlin Music Label, including Billy Drew’s Under One Sun and Yolanada Kondonasis’s Ginastera: One Hundred. Wyeth also participated in Oberlin’s 150th Anniversary Tour to Chicago where the Oberlin Orchestra performed the Rite of Spring at Chicago’s glamorous Symphony Center. While at Oberlin, Wyeth was a co founder of the Wilder Brass Quintet. The Wilder Brass Quintet performed around the Cleveland Metropolitan area and was also the premiere brass quintet at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Parma, OH. Wyeth also holds a Master’s of Music degree from the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, he performed with AES V, a brass quintet created during the American Brass Quintet Seminar Class at Juilliard. AES V gave the premiere ballet performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Dance Suite. Mikhail Baryshnikov was the solo dancer during the performance and Joshua Peck was the Choreographer. The premiere was apart of a global birthday centennial of the great American composter, Leonard Bernstein. Wyeth has had the privilege of performing with orchestras of the highest caliber. Some of these orchestra’s include the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony.
As an orchestral musician, Aleksei has has been heard on legendary concert stages including Alice Tulley, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Opera House, and Symphony Center in Chicago. While he was performing at the MET (Metropolitan Opera), he performed with the stage band on the 2017-18 performances of Puccini's, Turandot. During the opera, the stage band would perform both back stage and in the light booth, which is called “the Dome” at the MET. He has also performed Mozart’s, Tito, and Wanger’s Götterdämmerung. He has also performed with many world-renowned conductors including John Adams, Marin Alsop, Alan Gilbert, Barbara Hannagin, David Robertson, Gerard Schwartz, and Robert Spano. His teachers include, Chris Martin, Mark Gould, Roy Poper, David Krauss, Ray Mase, Chris Gekker and Michael Sachs.
Classical Trumpet. Jazz Trumpet.
Ben Steger is a recent graduate from Oberlin College where he studied Biochemistry and Trumpet Performance. He has been teaching classical and jazz trumpet for over 9 years and has worked extensively with music education foundations, including Jazz St. Louis and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to his teaching experience, he has performed around the country, including with the All-National Jazz Ensemble. He is currently studying with Eddie Henderson (who studied with Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis) and Roy Poper, (who played on many movies, including Jurassic Park and the Simpsons, as well as in the LA Chamber Orchestra). He is excited to pass on everything he learned from his incredible teachers to his own students!
President of the Music Mentor program at Oberlin
Intern at St. Louis Symphony education department
Intern at Jazz St. Louis education department
Member of the NAfME all-national jazz ensemble
Member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
Founder of Virtu.Academy