Stephen Abeshima graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in euphonium performance in 2016, studying euphonium with Ryan Schultz, trombone with David Krosschell, and conducting with Gerard Morris. As a euphonium artist, Stephen was selected as one of the winners of the 2014-15 Puget Sound Concerto/Aria competition; has won first place in several solo competitions, including the 2015 Beatrice Herrmann Competition and the 2013 International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Northwest Regional Young Artist Competition; and has been featured as a soloist with the Puget Sound Wind Ensemble and Brass Band Northwest. In January 2015, he performed the world premiere of Neil Thornock’s Marred Rigors for euphonium and marimba with Matthew Coley. He regularly performs with Tacoma Concert Band, Brass Band Tacoma, and several other local ensembles.
Stephen has previously conducted the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, for which he served as Assistant Director in 2014; and the University of Puget Sound Concert Band, from 2019-2020. In December 2019, he conducted the Puget Sound Concert Band and Wind Ensemble in a premiere performance of Steven Bryant’s The Automatic Earth for wind ensemble and electronics. In addition to his teaching position in the Community Music Department at the University of Puget Sound, Stephen currently teaches high school music and math at Sound Christian Academy in Tacoma.