Stephen Flory is a percussionist and music educator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2012 and has studied with percussionists P.J. Gatch III and R.J. Heid. He has also studied composition with doctors Dan Perttu and Jason Howard. He lists Dr. R. Tad Greig, Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Westminster College, and Travis J. Weller as two of his greatest influences and mentors.
While at Westminster, Stephen performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Opera Pit, Musical Pit, and Marching Band. In 2011 he toured Scotland with the Westminster Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir. Additionally, he worked in Orr Auditorium doing Stage/House Management as well as Light, Sound, and Set Design. He is also skilled in the use of many different technological tools for both music education and production, including Logic Pro, Finale, Sibelius, FL Studio, Audacity, Garageband, and Pyware.
In addition to his teaching, he has performed throughout Western Pennysylvania with the Shenango Valley Chorale, the Joe Barth combo, the Area Community Theatre of Sharpsville, the McKeesport Little Theatre and various high school music productions. He has taught many drum lines as well including Mercer Junior-Senior High, Keystone Oaks High School, Highlands High School and Plum High School. In August of 2012 he performed with Undercroft Opera for their production of Susannah which was chosen as a finalist for the American Prize in Opera.
In June of 2013 he and fellow percussionist Vince Wallace opened Monroeville Music Lesson Center in Monroeville, PA, where they offer a variety a instrument lessons and recording services and are also an authorized retailer of 1710 Percussion. Stephen is fully endorsed by 1710 and uses their drums in everything from live shows to recording sessions. He also serves as the Director of Sales for 1710 Percussion. Recently he has performed “Inuksuit” by John Luther Adams in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Nashville.
Stephen currently resides in North Versailles, PA where he works as the Music Teacher and Marching Band Director at Serra Catholic High School, the Director of Percussion for the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, teaches private lessons at Monroeville Music Lesson Center, and performs with the the Wayne Macuga Big Band. Additionally, he performs at Heinz Field with the Pittsburgh Steeline during the Steelers’ games throughout the football season. He is a member of the D’Addario Education Collective, the Sabian Education Network, PMEA, the Percussive Arts Society, and Mu Phi Epsilon