Steve Parker is a slide trombonist, curator, and community arts organizer. He is the Artistic Director of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, a member of NYC contemporary music outfit Ensemble Signal, and teaches on faculty at UTSA.
As a soloist, he has performed throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America at many notable festivals and venues. He has commissioned or premiered over 100 new works, working closely with many leading figures of contemporary music.
Steve is particularly interested in art projects that serve as community building tools. To this end, he has organized performances for 100 marching tubas, 80 trombones, 99 percussionists, and installed large interactive instrument sculptures in parking garages and alleyways. His compositions have been featured at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Asian Arts Initiative, and in numerous public elevators in Chinatown Philadelphia.
Steve can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, seen on PBS’s Newshour and Arts in Context, at the SXSW music conference, and in numerous print publications. He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin, and previously worked as a Fulbright and Harrington Scholar.