Bass Trombonist Stefan Stolarchuk has served as the low brass instructor at Flint Institute of Music since fall of 2016. A native of Ann Arbor, he holds degrees in trombone performance from Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan, and he pursued doctoral studies at Michigan State University. His primary teachers include Bill Mathis, Garth Simmons, David Jackson, and Ava Ordman. He has also studied with Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras) and John Engelkes (San Francisco Symphony).
Known for his versatility, Stefan is in high demand throughout Michigan as a performer and educator. He makes frequent appearances with orchestras across the state, including the Saginaw Bay, Midland, and Flint Symphonies, the West Michigan Symphony, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. He is currently the trombonist with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ Midwest Touring Orchestra, and he plays bass trombone for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, an award-winning modern big band, based in Detroit. In addition to his teaching duties at FIM, Stefan is the low brass instructor at Saginaw Valley State University, and he maintains a modest studio of private students. Stefan’s students have been placed in the Michigan All-State Band and Orchestra, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Band and Orchestra, and the trombone studios at Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Michigan State Universities.