Joe Stepec

Joseph Stepec is the Music Director of the University of Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra (UHSO). In that role he has given concerts collaborating with various ensembles throughout Hawaiʻi including the United States Marine Band in a performance of Respighiʻs Pines of Rome; he has also collaborated with orchestras nationally, most recently, a joint performance of Poulencʻs Gloria with the Weber State University Symphony and Chorus.

Mr. Stepec has also worked frequently with the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; in January 2019 he will be giving the premiere of a new translation of Stravinskyʻs LʻHistoire du Soldat, set in Colonial Hawaiʻi, with members of the Hawaiʻi Chamber Music Society. Mr. Stepec was also the Music Director of the Euclid Symphony and the Interim Conductor of the Hawai’i Youth Symphony during the 2017-2018 academic year. Mr. Stepec is also a violinist. He has performed nationally and abroad. He was recently a conducting fellow at the Gstaad Menuhin Academy under the tutelage of Johannes Schlaefli and Jaap Van Zweden, the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.

Mr. Stepec is an active clinician; in 2018 he began the Hawaiʻi All State String Orchestra. Mr. Stepec received his degree in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Gregory Fulkerson, and in conducting at the Eastman School of Music with master teacher, Neil Varon.