Wyeth Aleksei, originally from Laurel, Maryland, has had the privilege of performing with orchestras from around the world including, the Metropolitan Opera, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony. As an orchestral musician, Aleksei has performed on numerous concert stages including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Symphony Center in Chicago, and the Kennedy Center. He has also performed with many world-renowned conductors including Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Marin Alsop, John Adams, Gerard Schwartz, and Robert Spano. He has also participated in many summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Eastern Music Festival. Aleksei graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor’s of Music and is currently studying for a Master’s of Music at the Juilliard School. His teachers include, Mark Gould, Chris Martin, Roy Poper, Raymond Mase and Chris Gekker.
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