(BMus McGill, Montreal / MMus DePaul, Chicago)
Principal Trombone, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Freelance and Studio Musician
Private Instruction and Educational Clinics
Steven Dyer has enjoyed his work as a Sessional Instructor with the University of Manitoba since his appointment to the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music in September of 2001. This coincided with start of his tenure in the position of Second Trombone with the renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra that same year; the 2011-2012 season marked his first year as WSO Principal Trombonist. Previously, Steven held the positions of Principal Trombonist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Instructor of Low Brass at Lakehead University and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A recipient of the Boosey & Hawkes Ltd. Prize for excellence in brass playing, Steven has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, and has presented recitals, master-classes and workshops throughout Canada and the United States. He has also given sackbut performances for two of Canada’s early music presenters: Camerata Nova and Consortium Aurora Borealis.
Mr. Dyer is a dedicated and sought-after instructor whose students have shown success in both music education and performance. Many now occupy positions as music teachers throughout Manitoba, and others have demonstrated their performance skills through winning major solo competitions and earning positions with performing organizations of local, national and international prestige.
Steven performs casually with many other ensembles that include the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. His studio work includes recordings with Winnipeg artists Dave Lawton and James Keelaghan, Band of the Ceremonial Guard (Ottawa), Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, MCO and WSO.
During the summer months, Steven spends time working as Assistant Director and Instructor of Low Brass for Young Musicians and Artists in Salem, Oregon - widely considered the premier residential arts program in the Pacific Northwest USA.