Steven Mauk serves as Professor of Saxophone in the School of Music at Ithaca College. He studied saxophone with Anthony D'Andrea during his bachelor degree at the University of Tennessee, and with Larry Teal and Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan for his master and doctorate degrees. He has presented numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto performances in such locales as Russia, London, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Canada, New York City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Boston, Washington and Chicago. Included in these have been three performances at Weil Hall (formerly Carnegie Recital Hall), a concerto presentation at Alice Tully Hall (NYC), and four concerto performances with the United States Navy in Washington, DC. Recently he presented master classes and concerto performances in Saratov and Moscow, Russia.
One of the foremost authorities on the soprano saxophone, Mauk is often invited to present lectures, recitals, and articles dealing with this member of the saxophone family. He is the soprano saxophonist and a founding member of the Empire Saxophone Quartet and the duo Remeleixo. Twenty-two works have been dedicated to him by such composers as Dana Wilson, Gregory Woodward, Meyer Kupferman, Lawrence Weiner, Peter Rothbart, and David Deason.
Mauk has recorded 17 albums, written over 90 articles, and authored four books. The latter include Saxophone Warm- Ups (Dorn Publications), A Practical Approach To Playing The Saxophone (Lyceum Music), as well as Medici Masterworks for Alto Saxophone, Vol. II and Medici Masterworks for Tenor Saxophone, Vol. II (Medici Music Press). He is an artist/clinician for The Selmer Company and presents numerous sessions dealing with saxophone performance and pedagogy. These presentations have been sponsored by such institutions as Indiana University, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Bowling Green State University, North Texas University, and Oberlin College, as well as at numerous public schools.
As an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Mauk has held the offices of President and Director of Scholarly Publications. He has received a Dana Teaching Fellowship and a Dana Research Fellowship at Ithaca College for his excellence in teaching and research, as well as an Ithaca College President's Recognition Award. Mauk was the recipient of the 1995-98 National Artist Award from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and received Ithaca College's Excellence in Teaching Award for 2001-2002.