Lecturer of Double Bass
Office: 2058 Moore
Stephen Molina, double bass, is assistant principal bass and personnel manager of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He held the position of acting principal bass from 2002-2008. Born in New York City, Molina began his musical training at the age of six. He went on to graduate from the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati in 1975. His principal teachers on the bass have been Marvin Topolsky of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Barry Green, former principal bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has attended many prestigious summer music festivals, including Interlochen, Aspen, and Tanglewood, and has studied with Oscar Zimmerman, Henry Portnoi, William Rhein, Warren Benfield, and Stuart Sankey. He has also performed at the Utah Music Festival and at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Prior to joining the DSO in September 1976, Molina was a member of both the New Orleans Philharmonic and the New Orleans Bass Quartet. He has performed with several Detroit metropolitan-area ensembles, including the Lyric Chamber Ensemble, the Renaissance City Chamber Orchestra, the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra, the American Artists Series, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Ann Arbor Chamber Music Festival.
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