Steven Darling

D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music; Tuba and Euphonium
Office: 225 Fine Arts
Phone: (731) 881-7401




Dr. Steven Darling serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Tubist with the UTM Faculty Brass Quintet. Additionally, Dr. Darling serves as a Performing Artist for Miraphone Instrument Manufacturer.


In demand as a soloist, Darling recently performed Michael Daugherty’s Tuba Concerto Reflections on the Mississippi with the Mason Wind Symphony at the National Concert Band Festival at Butler University and again at Windfest! 2019 at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. In 2019 Dr. Darling had the privilege of premiering his work At the Mountains of Madness for Tuba and String Orchestra with the Wright State University Chamber Orchestra. An award-winning performer, Darling has earned recognition in over ten competitions including the ITEA Euphonium Artist Competition and the Leonard Falcone Tuba Artist Competition.


Dr. Darling’s debut album Dualities, winner of two Global Music Awards and recipient of numerous grants, was released on the Emeritus Label in 2018. An advocate for new music, Steven has premiered works by Ellen Ruth Harrison, Lawton Hall, Daniel Harrison, Ian Lester, Andy Francis, Michael Neumeyer, Joni Greene, Sy Brandon, and Ben McMillan. As a composer, Dr. Darling’s works have been premiered and performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Regional ITEA Conferences, the United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, and universities throughout the country. In 2019 Darling’s work Eyeless in Gaza was recorded by NTEQ on their debut album Machines.


During the summer, Dr. Darling serves as Artist-Teacher of Tuba and Euphonium at the Music For the Sake of Music Festival in Wisconsin and Principal Tuba of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Additionally, Darling has performed with orchestras throughout the Midwest including the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Darling was honored to give his debut Carnegie solo performance at the Weill Recital Hall.


An active member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, Darling has performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, as well as the Midwest, Northwest, and Southeast Regional Conferences. Additionally, Darling serves as a reviewer for the New Materials Column of the ITEA Journal and as Content Manager of the ITEAONLINE Pedagogy Video Library.


In demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator, Darling recently served as a judge for the 1st annual International Tuba-Euphonium Association Tuba and Electronics Competition. In 2019, Darling served as a judge for the recorded-round of the Ohio Music Educators Association All-State Band. Additionally, Darling has given lectures at State Music Educator Conferences and the Midwest Trombone-Euphonium Conference. From 2017-2019, Darling served as Guest Artist Liaison, Competition Coordinator, and Co-Host of the Wright State University Low Brass Festival.


Dr. Darling’s former students have won positions with the United States 100th Army Bands, placed in numerous competitions, and serve as Music Educators throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. Graduates of Dr. Darling’s studio have gained admittance in competitive graduate programs including the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Dr. Darling received his D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, M.M. from Ohio University, and B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Darling’s mentors include Timothy Northcut, Jason Smith, and Martin Erickson.