Stephen Perry, Principal, Tuba
Stephen Perry is the Principal Tuba player of both the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The son of 2 music educators, he is a degree holder of a B.S. in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a M.M in Music Performance from The Yale School of Music. Early on in his career, Steve resided in New York City and freelanced in numerous musical organizations including the New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The American Symphony Orchestra, and also performed on Broadway in the musical “Barnum”. Upon winning the Hartford Symphony tuba position in 1985, he relocated to Hartford focusing his efforts with the Hartford and Springfield Symphonies, and teaching at The Hartt School, a position he held until 2002. Steve is often called upon as a top tuba freelancer to perform all over Southern New England and New York. When not performing, Stephen Perry teaches elementary instrumental music in an award winning music program at Highcrest Elementary School in the town of Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 2002, he was selected as Wethersfield’s “Teacher of the Year”. Steve presently resides in West Hartford with his wife Sharon Dennison, the assistant principal violist of the Hartford Symphony. They have 2 children, Douglas and Camila. When not involved in all of the above, he is an avid runner and cyclist.