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Thomas Stein

Associate Professor of Euphonium and Tuba

Thomas G. Stein is associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance. A native of Michigan, he received the Bachelor of Music (with high distinction) and the Master of Music in tuba performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to Missouri, Stein taught at Central Michigan University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and University of Southern Mississippi.

Stein is very active throughout the United States as a recitalist, clinician, and chamber musician. He has appeared several times at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (ITEC) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conferences, at all of the regional conferences since 1996, and has appeared in six European countries and at numerous universities throughout the United States.

Under Stein’s direction, the UMKC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble has appeared in several ITECs, the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference, and all the regional conferences. With Scott Watson and Dr. Lee Harrelson, Stein co-directs Thunder! and the Thunder All-Star Tuba Euphonium Ensembles (TASTEE). A unique joint ensemble comprised of students from UMKC, University of Kansas, and Missouri Western State University, TASTEE is gaining national attention for its mission and high level of performance. Thunder! and TASTEE has performed twice at ITEC, at the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference, several regional conferences, and was featured again at the 2014 ITEC.

An avid supporter of chamber music, Stein currently performs with Missouri Brass Quintet (in residence at UMKC), has performed with numerous brass quintets and tuba quartets throughout the United States, serves as the coordinator for UMKC’s brass chamber music program, and coaches the UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet. He is a founding member of the Fountain City Brass Band, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning British-style brass band.

Stein has been extremely fortunate to have gifted and passionate students who have enjoyed excellent success in state, regional, national, and international competitions, including the International Tuba-Euphonium Solo and Quartet Competitions; Leonard Falcone Solo Euphonium Competition (Artist Division); International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition; Colonial Euphonium-Tuba Institute Solo Euphonium Competition; National Music Teachers Association State, Regional, and National Collegiate Artist Solo Competitions; National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Solo Competition; Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo and Quartet Competitions; Texas Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference Solo Competition; Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference Solo and Quartet Competitions; Tubonium Tuba Euphonium Conference; North American Brass Band Association Solo and Chamber Ensemble Competitions; U.S. Open Brass Band Championship Solo Competition; Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Stein is the recipient of UMKC’s 2005–06 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award and has been nominated for the award almost every year since.

Stein’s teachers include Abe Torchinsky, Warren Deck, Wesley Jacobs, and Rex Conner.