Stephen graduated with a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati; while at CCM, he served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio and quickly joined Cincinnati’s active freelance scene. Most recently, Stephen has performed locally with former New York Philharmonic organist and international soloist Nancianne Parrella, as well as the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Efforts as a soloist and chamber musician have also led to Wadsack’s recognition by both the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and the National Trumpet Competition (NTC); he competed in events hosted by these organizations in 2017 and 2018, which included a 3rd Place finish at NTC, featured performances on ITG recitals, and scholarship awards in both the Jazz and Classical genres.
In addition to maintaining an active freelance career, Stephen works passionately in the field of music education to inspire future generations of musicians. Stephen’s experience ranges from public school teaching to presenting lectures and masterclasses at universities throughout the Midwest region; currently, he holds positions as a private instructor and Assistant Director with Boone County Schools (KY), as well as a position on the teaching faculty at Anderson Music Workshop (OH).
Stephen’s performance credits span a wide variety of genres and generations. Musicians with whom he has shared the stage include Eric Reed, Dave Douglas, the Yellowjackets, Gerard Schwarz, Randy Brecker, the American Brass Quintet, Tim Morrison, the Boston Brass, and the American rock band, Kansas. As a soloist and professional musician in the Rocky Mountain region, Stephen regularly performed with the Cheyenne Symphony, Big Horn Big Band, Wyoming Symphony, Candlelight Theatre Company, and various other local acts. Prior to his current role as a musician, educator, and performer in the Greater Cincinnati area, Wadsack graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Music Education; he was also named Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, and was a recipient of the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award in Music.
Stephen co-founded the Grand Avenue Brass in 2011 and currently serves as one of the group’s chief operational managers. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys reading, writing, and travel, as well as spending time with friends, family members, and his wife Casey.