New York City-based flutist Steph Dressler (she/her or they/them) is passionate about the music of our time. Based in New York City, Steph is currently finishing a Master of Music degree in contemporary performance at Manhattan School of Music. In 2021, Steph traveled to Weimar, Germany to premiere six new works by composers from Manhattan School and Weimar Conservatory. Her quartet, oNSET, recently debuted their imaginative curation, “Autonomous,” at the Banff Centre EvoFest in August of 2021.
Steph holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY Purchase College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. While attending these institutions, she performed regularly with Purchase New Music Project, Purchase Contemporary Ensemble, Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and the Bloomsburg University New Music Ensemble, to name a few. She has had the privilege of learning and performing at numerous summer music programs, including the Impulse New Music Festival, the Consummate Flutist at Carnegie Mellon University, Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound Workshop, and ARIA International Summer Music Academy. Her most memorable masterclass performances were those with Lorna McGhee, Alexa Still, Alberto Almarza, Jill Felber, Amy Porter, Paul Edmund-Davies, and Mark Sparks.
As an educator, Steph maintains an active flute studio of twenty students from the United States and abroad. With her students ranging in age from six to seventy-eight, she enjoys teaching flutists of all playing abilities. Through their hard work and effort, her students have placed in various competitions and festivals, including the New York State School Music Association All-State Festival, the Wisconsin School Music Association All-State Festival, the Kentucky Music Educators Association All-County Festival, and the Texas Music Educators Association All-County Festival.
Her primary teachers include Tara Helen O’Connor, Roberta Michel, and Tracey Schmidt-Jaynes.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, composing, practicing yoga, eating ice cream, and studying languages.