Dr. Stephen Davis Turner

Dr. Stephen Davis Turner
Applied Tuba-Euphonium
Room 286, Performing Arts Center

Ph.D., Musicology, University of Georgia
D.M.A., Tuba Performance-Pedagogy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
M.M., Tuba Performance, College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati
B.M.E., P-12 Music Education, Kennesaw State University
B.M., Applied Tuba, University of South Carolina

Dr. Stephen Davis Turner oversees TSU’s tuba-euphonium studio, and he directs the tuba-euphonium ensemble. In addition to applied instruction, Dr. Turner is a musicology-area advisor for the department’s Music Field Assessment (MFA), and he teaches MUSC 1010 “Music Appreciation.”

Dr. Turner is a sought-after low-brass clinician. He maintained an active and successful private teaching studio from 2006–2018 comprised of tuba-euphonium players from public school districts primarily in metro Atlanta, Georgia, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Turner has performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, and additionally at venues on the Las Vegas strip. Dr. Turner has performed solo and chamber works, including those at IET and regional ITEA conferences. A proponent of community music-making, Dr. Turner has played with the Georgia Brass Band (NABBA 2018), the Las Vegas Brass Band, Tara Winds, the Palmetto Concert Band (Midwest 2008), and the Desert Winds (Midwest 2016).

In addition to teaching and playing the tuba, Dr. Turner is an active musicologist whose primary research concerns the intersection between music, television, and twentieth-century American life. Dr. Turner will draw from his research contributing a chapter to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Nostalgia, to be edited by Caitlin Carlos and Elizabeth Upton.