University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Faculty - Steve Ferraris

Steve Ferraris

Steve Ferraris, Affiliate Artist
Hand drums

  • B.A., Dartmouth
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E-mail: Steven Ferraris

Steve Ferraris is a free-lance percussionist who has performed and recorded in a variety of musical situations. He has appeared with big bands, Latin Jazz groups, jazz-funk groups and trios. Steve has also appeared as a solo percussion performer playing congas and African djembe. He has toured the U.S. and Europe as a sideman. Steve is also very active as a teacher of percussive arts. He has taught percussion at the Latin Jazz Immersion summer camp with Ray Vega, Arturo O'Farrill and Alex Stewart and presented percussion clinics at the Urbino Jazz Festival Music School in Italy, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and is a frequent artist-in-residence at schools throughout New England.

Published works: Recording credits include Habib Koite's release "Afriki", Rick Davies and Jazzismo's "Siempre Salsa", and Phish bassist Mike Gordon's first CD as a leader.

Groups accompanied: Big bands (Sun Ra Arkestra, Burlington Discover Jazz Fesival Big Band with Paquito D'Rivera), Latin Jazz, Rick Davies and Jazzismo, Jazz/funk group Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe. Italian pianist Raphael Gualazzi.

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D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Melissa Dickerson, Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Andrew Greene, Mandolin
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
John Mantegna, Guitar
Brian McCarthy, Jazz History
Andrew Moroz, Jazz Trombone
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Natalie Neuert, Arts Management
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Alan Parshley, Horn
Tony Pietricola, Woodwinds
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
Emily Taubl, Cello
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Frank Whitcomb, Vocal Techniques
Jason Whitcomb, Trumpet
Robert Wigness, Trombone
Julie Wolfe, bassoon
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone