Artist in Residence
Tuba and Euphonium
Location/Building: HUD 122
Steven Seward retired as Principal Tuba with the Kansas City Symphony in June of 2018, a position he held for 36 years. He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra and remained active as a soloist throughout Europe and the United States, including a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in 1981. Mr. Seward released his first solo recording, Kansas City Dances, in 1997, which Walking Frog Records hailed as “a breathtaking solo CD by an astonishing player…..he has produced an enjoyable recording that is a must for all serious tuba players and teachers. Top notch in every respect.” His second solo recording, Classic Tuba, won similar praise, naming Seward “one of the premier soloists of all time.” In addition Seward has released two recordings with the Kansas City Brass (A Kansas City Christmas and No Strings Attached).
Seward is a 1978 graduate of the University of Michigan and has served on the faculty of Cerritos College, University of Missouri Kansas City, Missouri Western State College, and William Jewell College. He taught for 33 years until his retirement at Truman State University. In 2016 he joined the faculty at UCM as an Artist in Residence. 2018 will mark his fortieth year teaching tuba and euphonium at the college level.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling by RV, taking his jeep 4-wheeling in the backcountry, and working on his antique Cadillacs and ‘69 Barracuda convertible.