Mauk is the saxophone professor at Ithaca College and has performed solo, chamber music and concert concerts in international locations such as England, China, Japan Germany and The Netherlands. Additionally he is widely respected author.
Mauk offers weekly one-hour private lessons to all his saxophone students. His lessons focus on fundamental saxophone playing techniques, scale materials, etudes and solo repertoire development.
Early Life and Education
Steven Mauk was raised in New York. His early musical influences included 70s rock music; when given the option to choose an instrument he selected the saxophone. After studying at Ithaca College he later earned a Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from both Tennessee and Michigan universities.
Mauk is Professor of Saxophone at Ithaca College. He has performed internationally in solo, chamber music and concerto settings – such as three recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall (formerly Carnegie), Alice Tully Hall in NYC and concerto presentations in China and Russia.
He is widely acknowledged as an authority on soprano saxophone performance and recording; having produced 22 albums and four books. Furthermore, he provides classes at numerous schools throughout the U.S.
Mauk is widely considered one of the foremost authorities on soprano saxophone and has given lectures, recitals and articles dedicated to its history and performance. He has performed in numerous major US cities as well as overseas performances like New York City, Tokyo and Russia.
He has given numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto performances at venues including Weill Hall (formerly Carnegie Recital Hall) and Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
He has recorded for Argo Records and founded several chamber groups. Additionally, he serves on the music faculties at The Tidewater Music Festival, Red Lodge Music Festival, Ithaca College School of Music as well as being an honorary member of North American Saxophone Alliance as well as being honored with both a Dana Teaching Fellowship Award and President’s Recognition Award from Ithaca College President’s Recognition.
Achievement and Honors
Steven Mauk has helped establish Ithaca College as one of the country’s premier centers for saxophone study. He has presented numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto performances across North America as well as in Japan, Italy, Canada, and Russia – performing three times at Weil Hall (formerly Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City) himself and contributing an article to Vandoren Etude and Exercise Book for Saxophone.
He is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and has held offices as both President and Director of Scholarly Publications. Additionally, he was honored with both Ithaca College President’s Recognition Award as well as being considered amongst world’s foremost authorities on soprano saxophone music from composers like Dana Wilson, Graham Fitkin, David Kechley, Meyer Kupferman Lawrence Weiner Marc Satterwhite Gregory Woodward Peter Rothbart to name but a few.
Mauk has recorded 22 albums, written over 100 articles and published four books. Additionally he provides lectures, master classes and recitals as well as serving on committees at Ithaca College as well as traveling widely to over 12 different countries.
He has performed with artists like Steve Allen, Helen Reddy, Marvin Hamlisch, Boots Randolph, Natalie Cole and Boots Randolph, as well as hosting sessions about saxophone performance and pedagogy.
He is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and has held positions such as President and Director of Scholarly Publications. Additionally, he received both a Dana Teaching Fellowship from Ithaca College as well as their Excellence in Teaching Award; co-hosted several international conferences; has over 80 years of teaching experience; published author – this list goes on.
Steven Mauk has recorded 22 albums, written four books and presented lectures and recitals on soprano saxophone in both the United States and over 12 foreign countries. As an emeritus professor of music at Ithaca College for 44 years he taught many undergraduate and graduate students during this time, mentoring many in both undergraduate and graduate music departments alike. To mark his retirement he and Judy established The Steven Mauk Endowed Scholarship for Music as a lasting testament.
In 2016, he signed with NEC in the Dutch Eredivisie, making his competitive debut against PEC Zwolle on August 19 but soon after becoming less than popular with club management, leading to reports that he would be loaned out in January 2017. He has also represented Australia at international football, while currently playing with J2 League club Fagiano Okayama.