The Regie & David Powell Chair
Violist Stephen Goist is a member of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. A native of Cincinnati, Stephen began studying Suzuki violin at age three with his mother and switched to viola in fourth grade. After graduating from Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, he completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with Catharine Carroll Lees and Masao Kawasaki. During his time at CCM, Stephen served as the viola teaching assistant for two years and spent four summers as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has been the winner of CCM’s Viola Concerto Competition and has been a finalist for the Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition, the ASTA National Solo Competition, and the International Viola Congress Young Artists Competition.
When he isn’t playing in orchestra, Stephen is an enthusiastic performer in the early music community, specializing in viola da gamba, Baroque viola, and Baroque violin. He also serves on the faculty of CCM’s Preparatory Department and enjoys collaborating on many chamber music projects in and around Cincinnati.