Stephen Farrell joined the United States Naval Academy Band in December 2017. In addition to his position with the Naval Academy Band, Stephen is also an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Stephen was a Participant at the Alessi Seminar in Fossano, Italy. The Alessi Seminar is a week-long international event hosted by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic and Professor of Trombone at the Juilliard School.
A strong believer in the integration of faith and music, Stephen has performed with multiple Grammy Award-winning artists Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. He also toured Germany with the Christian brass ensemble, Eurobrass in the summers of 2013 and 2015.
Stephen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Stephen’s teachers include Allen Barnhill, Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, Brent Phillips, and Timothy Van Dam, with additional studies under Joseph Alessi.
Stephen is an Edwards performing artist.
“An Edwards trombone is the ONLY instrument I have played since I switched off the beat up trombone I played in my high school days. As my playing has gone through countless changes and adjustments, this horn has changed right alongside me. I cannot think of a more versatile horn that I would want my students to play to assist them in the pursuit of their dreams than an Edwards.”