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Dr. Steven Becraft

Dr. Steven Becraft

Dr. Steven Becraft, clarinet, saxophone

BM, University of Nevada, Reno
MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
DM, Florida State University

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Steven Becraft is a frequent performer on clarinet and bass clarinet with the Arkansas and Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestras. Previous orchestral positions include the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic, and the Northern Nevada Concert Orchestra.

Becraft currently serves as Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and is a member of The Storm Trio (Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano), an Arkansas Arts on Tour performing group since 2008. As a member of the David Maslanka Commissioning Consortium, Becraft gave one of the world premieres of the composer’s new work, Eternal Garden, in October 2009, and also was selected to perform this composition at the 2011 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference in Gainesville, Florida. Additionally, he has performed at the 2003 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Salt Lake City and the 2004 National Association of Teachers of Singing convention in New Orleans.

Before moving to Arkansas in 2001, Dr. Becraft taught at Troy University, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the San Francisco Community Music Center. He holds degrees from Florida State University (D.M.), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and the University of Nevada, Reno (B.M.). His primary clarinet teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Rosario Mazzeo, David Ehrke, and Deborah Pittman. As a saxophonist, he has studied with Patrick Meighan and Mark Tulga.



 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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