Associate Principal Trumpet
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Age you began playing: 11
Year you joined the TSO: 2014
Who or what inspired you most to play your instrument? My first instrument was the violin, which I began at age 5. Later when I entered middle school, I had the opportunity to start a new instrument. Since my father [former TSO Associate Principal Trumpet Barton Woomert] is a trumpet player, I was attracted to one of the many spare trumpets at home.
Why did you choose to be a professional musician? The first step for me in becoming a professional musician was making the choice to pursue music performance at the university level. I don’t ever remember consciously making the decision. It just seemed like a natural choice after having so many positive musical experiences from a young age (I started attending the Saturday TSO children’s concerts when I was five!), and continuing on throughout my high school and university years.
Does your instrument have a story? Trumpet players are required to have many different trumpets to suit the repertoire; we’re always seeking for a better instrument, special mouthpiece, new leadpipe, or bell. You need to have “the right tool for the job”. I am lucky that two of my favourite trumpets happen to have belonged to former TSO Principal Trumpet Larry Weeks. I like to think that these lovely instruments could teach me something more about the repertoire, as they have been around the block a few more times than I have.
What is interesting to you about working in an orchestra? Working with the various guest conductors is always interesting because it provides new challenges and perspectives.
What musician or performer would you drop everything to see? Trombone Shorty – I saw him a few years ago and was blown away by his energy.
What is your most memorable concert experience as an audience member? While doing my undergraduate degree in Chicago, I had the privilege of seeing many inspiring Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts. It’s tough to name just one!
Steven Woomert joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Trumpet in the 2014– 2015 season upon completing his Artist’s Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Ontario. He was the winner of the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Orchestral Excerpts Competition while studying with TSO Principal Trumpet Andrew McCandless at the Glenn Gould School. Recent orchestral experience includes performances with the New World Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
A native of Toronto, Steven began his musical studies at age 5 on the violin and added trumpet studies at age 11. As a student, he pursued many performance opportunities such as the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, in which he won the 2008 Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Steven completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University, where he studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Christopher Martin. While at Northwestern, he was a member of the school’s entry that won First Prize in the Ensemble Division at the 2012 National Trumpet Competition. Steven has participated in many prestigious ensembles, including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; National Academy Orchestra; Banff Festival Orchestra; National Orchestral Institute, University of Maryland; National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge, Colorado; and Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina.
Steven enjoys collaborating musically with his father Barton, and they are currently undertaking an exciting project commissioning and recording new works for two trumpets.
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