Dr. Stephen Hawk received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Illinois University. He earned his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet/Jazz Emphasis, from the University of Texas at Austin. While at Texas, he studied with Professor Raymond Crisara and performed with him in the University of Texas Faculty Brass Quintet.
Dr. Hawk performs as a freelance trumpeter, where he has played lead trumpet with jazz legends including; Dizzy Gillespie, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, The Manhattan Transfer, The New York Voices, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur and entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Ray Charles, Toni Tenille and Natalie Cole. Dr. Hawk is an active performer in the Pittsburgh area, performing as the principal trumpet with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Broadway Orchestra, The MCG Big Band, The Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, of which he is the coleader and founder, and The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, as well as pursuing orchestral and solo opportunities. Recording credentials include playing lead trumpet with Ms. Nancy Wilson on her 2004 Grammy Award winning CD, “RSVP,” as well as her 2006 Grammy Award Winner, “Turned to Blue.” He has also appeared in television specials for PBS featuring The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Ms. Patti Page, and The Four Aces, among others. Dr. Hawk’s first Big Band CD entitled, "The Hawk's Out," recorded by the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra in Los Angeles, CA, was selected by New York’s “Cadence Magazine” as its Outstanding Big Band Recording of the year for 1998. His most recent recording with the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra is entitled “Reunion,” and is also available on Sea Breeze Records. He is also a co-leader along with Mike Tomaro, and lead trumpeter with The Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, whose first CD is entitled, “The Night Owl Suite.” Dr. Hawk is also a featured soloist on the new Gene Krupa Orchestra CD, “Thinking of Gene,” where his performance of legendary Roy Eldridge solo works has received critical acclaim. Some of Dr. Hawk’s honors include being chosen to receive the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s District 5 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award for 2003, and the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Slippery Rock University for 2004, as well as being selected for membership into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Dr. Hawk holds professional memberships in the Music Educator's National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association, International Association of Jazz Educator's, where he is a Past President of the PA chapter, International Trumpet Guild and the American Federation of Musicians. Dr. Hawk remains in demand as a guest director, soloist, adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States, also appearing as a trumpet artist & clinician for the Conn/Selmer/Bach instrument company. Recent clinician/directing/guest artist appearances include those in Austin, Cedar Park, Kingsville and San Marcos, Texas, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and Riverside, California, Evanston and Macomb, Illinois and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Hawk has directed ten of Pennsylvania’s twelve District Jazz Festivals and also directed the Pennsylvania All State Jazz Ensemble. He has presented trumpet clinics at the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Conference, focused on the musical interpretation skills of first trumpeter, “The First Trumpeter’s Dilemma, Using the Right Tool for the Job.” Dr. Hawk presented a similar series of clinics in Moscow, Russia while performing at the first ever International Trumpet Guild Conference hosted by the Moscow Conservatory of Music. Further European performances have included in Paris and Beaune, France, Rotterdam, Holland, and Ravenna, Lucca, Cesena, and Florence, Italy, as parts of two separate European performance tours.