Erik Steighner

Lecturer - Saxophone

Office Location: Mary Baker Russell Music Center - 206

Office Hours: (On Campus) Mon - Fri: By Appointment

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • D.M.A., Saxophone Performance, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M., Saxophone Performance, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., Music and English, University of Puget Sound

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Saxophone Lessons
  • Chamber Music


Applied Saxophone Lessons, Coaches Chamber Ensembles


Praised by the Tacoma News Tribune for his “effortless lyricism” as well as his “smooth tone and fluid virtuosity,” saxophonist Erik Steighner has performed with ensembles including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and Symphony Tacoma. Steighner teaches at Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Community College, where his course load has included saxophone, chamber music, music theory, ear training, music appreciation, and digital music. He is also on faculty at the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department and is the founder and conductor of the South Sound Saxophone Ensemble.

Steighner has premiered dozens of solo and chamber works and appears on CD releases from labels including Albany Records, Alea Publishing, Mark Custom, Naxos, Reference Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters. Steighner holds bachelor’s degrees in music and English from the University of Puget Sound and master’s and doctoral degrees in saxophone performance from The University of Texas at Austin. While living in Austin, he served on the faculty at Texas State University. Steighner is a Conn-Selmer artist and plays on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.