DM, Florida State
MM, Eastman School of Music
BM, Eastman School of Music
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
- Wagner Ring Cycle Orchestra-Arizona Opera (principal
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.