Virginia native and New York City/Chicago trained classical trumpeter Stuart Stephenson began playing trumpet at age ten, after starting piano at age six. He spent his childhood in Northern Virginia, where he studied with members of the United States military bands and the National Symphony. From there he went to NYC and completed his undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School.
During his time at Juilliard, Stuart was a member of the Vandalay Brass Quintet, which performed at the Bachauer Scholarship event for two years in a row live on New York's 96.3 WQXR-FM. The quintet was an active participant in the Young People’s Concert Series, sponsored by the Juilliard Office of Educational Outreach. His quintet has played throughout New York City, including philanthropic events at hospitals, hospices and rehabilitation centers, and even the United Nations Building. The quintet members studied privately with musicians of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, American Brass Quintet and New York City Ballet, with frequent chamber coachings by members of the American Brass Quintet. Stuart performed regularly with The Juilliard Orchestra in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Stuart then went on to study at Northwestern University with Professor Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer and Chicago Symphony principal trumpet Chris Martin, where he earned his Masters of Music degree.
His instructors in the Washington, D.C. area include Adel Sanchez (NSO), Tom Cupples (NSO) and Jim Bittner (USAF Band).