About Us

 
 
Mark Lynn is currently the Instructor of Trumpet at Texas Women’s University.  Prior to his present position he was the Instructor of Trumpet and Horn at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Over the past 7 years he has performed with the Dallas Opera, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, Memphis Jazz Orchestra and Jackson Symphony Orchestra (TN).  He has been a soloist with the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra and has competed in the semi-finals of the Brass Chamber Music Competition in Louisville, Kentucky and twice in the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, Virginia.  He has also been a freelance trumpeter in Louisville, Memphis and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex areas performing at a variety of events including The Juvenile Diabetes Ball, Carnival Memphis and the Immaculate Conception Church Baroque Orchestra.


Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Mark holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Louisville, Master of Music from the University of Memphis and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas.  His primary teachers include Keith Johnson, David Spencer, Michael Tunnell, Herbert Koerselman and Adam Gordon.  He currently resides in Argyle, Texas with his wife Leigh Ann and son Matthew.

 

The Metroplex Brass Quintet was formed in 2007 by a group of doctoral students at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.  Residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex the Quintet consists of some of the regions best musicians who include; Mark Lynn (trumpet), Etienne Stoupy (trumpet), Angela Winter (French Horn), Steven Hunter (Trombone) and Alex Costantino (Tuba).  Every member of the group has performed professionally for the past five to ten years in such place as New York, NY; Memphis, TN; Denver, CO; Louisville, KY; Mexico City, Mexico, Dallas, Fort Worth, TX.  The Metroplex Brass Quintet is available to hire for numerous occasions including weddings, educational concerts, holiday events, recitals, formal affairs, and collaborative events.

A native of France, Etienne Stoupy, began studying the trumpet at the age of eight years old.  At the age of fifteen, Etienne left his home to study at the National Conservatory of Marseille, France.  At the age of eighteen, Etienne had the privilege to meet Maurice Andre and perform with him on one of his recitals. At the age of twenty-one Etienne entered the National Conservatory of Lyon to study with Andre Jung.  After graduation Etienne move the United States where he would receive a teaching assistantship at the University of Memphis and begin studies with Dr. David Spencer.Etienne Stoupy is currently resides in Denton, TX where he is a doctoral student at the University of North Texas, during this last 6 years Etienne performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Lyon (France), with the Corinth Symphony (US), University of Memphis Orchestra, Opera, Wind Ensemble and the Southern Comfort Jazz Band.  Etienne has also studied with Frederic Mellardi (principal in Paris Orchestra), Pierre Dutot, Franck Pulcini (Epsilon Brass Quartet).
 
Angela Winter, Horn, is originally from Memphis, Tennessee where she began here musical studies and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Memphis.  She first came to the DFW area in 2000 to attend the University of North Texas in Denton where she received her Master's degree in Horn Performance. During this time, Angela played in an award winning brass quintet and participated in many prestigious summer music festivals.  Upon completion of this degree, Angela won a position in the Orchestra Symphonica de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico.  She performed with the orchestra for four seasons and was an active freelancer in the Monterrey area.  Angela is currently  working on a DMA in horn performance from the University of North Texas.  She has a large private horn studio and has become an active freelance musician in the DFW area.
 
Steven Hunter, trombone,  was one of eight children raised by his parents in Hyrum, Utah.  All of the eight children in his family grew up playing wind instruments making the Trombone a natural choice for Steve to make his voice heard through the chaos.  He has performed on stages all across the United States and Europe, including a recent appearance as a guest soloist at the College Band Directors National Association conference in Reno, Nevada.


Steve is currently in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Art at the University of North Texas where he can be heard playing as section leader with the UNT Wind Symphony.  Steve’s previous degrees come from the Manhattan School of Music, Brigham Young University, and Snow College.  He has studied with musicians and educators of the highest caliber including:  Vern Kagarice, David Finlayson, Russell McKinney, Daniel Bacheldor, Mark Ammons, and Bryce Mecham.


Steve Hunter is active as a performer and educator; teaching low brass and music theory in public schools throughout Northern Texas.  In addition he served as adjunct faculty at Snow College and has recently been awarded a teaching fellow position at UNT.


Steve Hunter currently resides in Denton, Texas with his beautiful wife Jennifer, and their “energetic” children, Nathan, Amy, and Lucy.

 
Alexander Costantino is in his last year of studies as a doctoral student at the University of North Texas. At UNT he has served as the tuba teaching fellow for the past three years as well as conducting the 7:00 o’clock and 8:00 o’clock Tuba Euphonium Ensembles.


Alex has performed with UNT’s Center for Chamber Music Graduate Brass Quintet as well as playing principal in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, which he can be heard on numerous GIA and Naxos label recordings. Alex has been invited to several international festivals and competitions including the International Tuba Euphonium Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Audition, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Competition, and the International Brass Chamber Festival.


As well as being an active brass practitioner, lesson teacher, and adjudicator in the DFW area, Alex has also played with numerous ensembles throughout the Metroplex. These ensembles include the Sherman Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Allen Philharmonic, New Texas Symphony, and the Metropolitan Winds. Alex also performs with the North Texas Tuba Euphonium Quartet who has performed for many schools throughout Frisco, Lewisville, and Denton as well as performing as the soloists for the 6:00 o’clock Tuba Euphonium Ensemble.


Alex received his Bachelor’s in music education from The College of New Jersey and his Master’s in tuba performance from the University of North Texas. In 2007, Alex continued his graduate studies at UNT after being one of two students awarded the Toulouse Graduate Fellowship in the College of Music. His professional affiliations include TMEA, ITEA, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.