For nearly thirty years Stephen Fissel has been a part of the varied music scene in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. As a trombonist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra Mr. Fissel has occupied, at various times, all three chairs of the trombone section. Since 1993 he has held the position of bass trombone. With much experience on the stage and in the orchestra pit, Mr. Fissel is a veteran of some 28 complete performances of Wagner’s famed Ring Cycle, having played the parts of the principal trombone, bass trumpet, and bass trombone/contrabass trombone. Away from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Opera he has performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonia, the Oregon Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival. Mr. Fissel has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Concert Band, and as a chamber musician with Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the Seattle Brass Ensemble. For 15 years Mr. Fissel taught low brass at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where, in addition to his teaching duties, he presented solo recitals and organized the faculty brass quintet. In 2008 Mr. Fissel joined the distinguished artist faculty at the University of Washington School of Music as a Trombone Professor. Mr. Fissel studied with two legendary trombone teachers, Keith Brown at the Indiana University School of Music where he earned his undergraduate degree in music education and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate, and the late Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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