Northern Arizona University
Steve Hemphill has been a Professor of Music and the Director of the Percussion Studies Program at Northern Arizona University since 1991. Dr. Hemphill has taught at the State University College at Geneseo, NY, the University of Rochester, the University of Wyoming (serving as Assistant Director of Bands), and at Florida State University (as a visiting professor).
His performance credentials include: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal, Ballet de Caracas of Caracas, Venezuela (principal timpanist), Savannah Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony (principal percussionist), Phoenix Symphony, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra (principal percussionist), Wagner Ring Cycle Orchestra-Arizona Opera (principal percussionist).
He has performed in Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Europe. Currently, he performs as principal timpanist of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Through various venues, Dr. Hemphill has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Shirley McLaine and Roger Williams, among other collaborations.
He has recorded on the Telarc, Grenadilla, Orion, Mercury Golden Imports, and Toshiba EMI labels. Dr. Hemphill is a recent past president and vice-president of the Arizona chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and is Associate Producer/Director (with Mark Yancich) of The Art of Timpani instructional video series.