Faculty Profile

Steve Yepez

NMS Flute Faculty
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In 2009, Steve Yépez founded the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Primavera Players. With a focus on student outreach concerts, Primavera Players is dedicated to exposing young people not only to classical music, but also to history and geography in a dynamic and interactive setting. Primavera Players also play in various events in and around the city. As a performer, Mr. Yépez has enjoyed playing in groups such as the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra, Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Metropolitan Orchestra and the Lira Ensemble of Chicago. Steve is also a staff member for the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. In Los Angeles, he performed with the West Los Angeles Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, Antelope Valley Symphony and the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra. For three summers, Mr. Yepez had the opportunity to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as principal and assistant principal flutist in the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra. 

Mr. Yépez has studied with  Sandra Kipp of California State University, Northridge and Catherine Ransom Karoly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has performed and participated in masterclasses with William Bennett, Walfrid Kujala, Jeanne Baxtresser, Anne Zentner, Jonathan Keeble, Eldred Spell, and Eugenia Zucker. 


Mr. Yépez began teaching privately nearly ten years ago during his undergraduate studies in California, where he was the flute instructor at West Valley Music and A-Muse Music in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was also the flute coach for four summers at the Burbank High School Band Camp and an Idyllwild flute coach at the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival. His other flute instructors have been Sandra Kipp of California State University, Northridge and Catherine Ransom Karoly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

From private students to group instruction, Steve Yépez has developed a range of successful techniques for communicating not only the technical skills, but also the passion and joy of music. In addition, he imparts his students with the self discipline necessary to excel. He is proud to be a part of the New Music School and is working to create a well structured and successful flute studio.

Steve Yépez received his Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from California State University (Northridge) and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from DePaul University (Chicago). At DePaul, he was a student of Mary Stolper, the flute adviser to the New Music School.