Stephen McDougall Graham
Stephen McDougall Graham earned a BA in music and philosophy from Bucknell University, where he led the orchestra as concertmaster. He went on to earn a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and worked for six years as a grant specialist at a leading global women’s health nonprofit. In 2013, Stephen decided to pursue his passion and began to transition into the professional music scene in New York. Since the 2014/15 season, he has performed regularly with The Chelsea Symphony, also serving on its board as Vice President and Director of Development. In August 2016, Stephen began graduate studies for a Master of Music in classical violin performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he has since served as concertmaster for the pit orchestras in ACSM’s productions of Die Fledermaus and Damn Yankees. Stephen has performed at Merkin Hall, the 92nd St Y, LeFrak Concert Hall, Shalin Liu Performance Center, and the Weis Center, among others. His playing can be heard on the album The Great Northwest, featuring members of the indie band Lucius, and can be seen (very briefly) in Amazon’s "Mozart in the Jungle," seasons 2 and 3. He is thrilled to be giving his New York City soloist debut with TCS this season. When Stephen is not making music, he can often be found wandering the streets of Brooklyn with a couple of antique film cameras, or else watching cooking shows with the love of his life, and award-winning independent filmmaker, Naomi.