Stephanie Ycaza

Stephanie Ycaza

University of Northern Iowa


Stephanie Ycaza is the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Northern Iowa, where she teaches applied lessons, low brass techniques, and conducts the UNITUBA ensemble. She has served on the music faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, Longwood University, the University of Richmond, and Shenandoah University. Stephanie is a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she teaches tuba and music theory. She is also active as a masterclass teacher and as a clinician for middle and high school bands.

Stephanie is a founding member of Calypsus Brass, a brass quintet dedicated to performing new works and providing high-quality recordings for composers. Calypsus is committed to promoting the works of composers from historically marginalized groups, and serves as an Ensemble-in-Residence for Rising Tide Music Press. Stephanie is Principal Tuba of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and has also performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Williamsburg Symphony, the Capital Wind Symphony, and the Virginia Grand Military band. She has also contributed to recording projects at Spacebomb Records in Richmond, VA. Stephanie’s recent solo performances have focused on music for tuba with electronic accompaniment, music by women composers, and her own transcriptions and arrangements for low brass. She has appeared as a soloist at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the Northeast Regional ITEA Conference, and the International Women's Brass Conference. Stephanie also writes and gives presentations on the topic of mindfulness in the practice and performance of music.

Stephanie holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah University, a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She studied with Dr. Ross Walter, Toby Hanks, Mike Roylance, Andrew Hitz, and Michael Bunn. Stephanie is a Miraphone tuba artist.

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