Stephen Timothy Stalker
1943 - 2019
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Stephen Timothy Stalker

Binghamton - Cellist Stephen Timothy Stalker, 76, passed away on the evening of September 6th at home, with family by his side. Stephen was born on May 18, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and was passionate about music performance and education throughout his life.

He taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts then was principal cellist of the Oklahoma Symphony before moving to Binghamton in the mid-1970's to join the string quartet residency program at Harper College. Over the years he taught at Binghamton University, Colgate University, Mansfield University, Ithaca College, Binghamton City Schools, and Broome Community College. He also maintained an active private teaching studio with students of all ages. He performed regularly with symphony orchestras and ensembles throughout the region, including the Prometheus Ensemble in Danbury CT, the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, and the Catskill Chamber Players. He was particularly active and enthusiastic as a performer with the music faculty at Binghamton University. He was an officer and a founder of the Binghamton Cello Festival and the Southern Tier Music Teachers Association. Stephen also served as Strings Chair for the New York State School Music Association and as President of the New York State Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

In addition to his passion for teaching and performing, Steve loved to travel and enjoyed visiting Italy, Denmark, Hawai'i, Puerto Rico, Canada, Cape Cod, and New York City. He enjoyed experiencing and learning about new foods, artwork, and cultures. Steve was predeceased by his wife Janet Brady in 2000. He is survived by his son Andrew (Ida Balslev) and grandson Esben, of Copenhagen; and partner Martha Colgan of Binghamton. Steve loved spending time with Martha's extended family and grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Memorial Church in Binghamton on Wednesday, September 11th at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow at the church. Family and friends may gather at 1:00 PM. Donations in Steven's memory may be made to the United Way of Broome County (

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin on Sep. 11, 2019.
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September 14, 2019
Dear Martha, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved Stephan. My heart goes out to you. May you be comforted in the wonderful memories you shared together.
Helen Crisman-Janssen
September 13, 2019
Martha, please accept my most heart-felt sympathy. My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow, but I pray that you will remember only good times and laughter, knowing that Stephen is now at peace. Lovingly, Kaye
Kaye (Freer) Schrock
September 13, 2019
I am sorry to learn of Stephen's passing. My thoughts are with you.
Mary Colvard
September 11, 2019
Family and friends of Stephen Stalker,

I am sorry for your loss.

Neal Berkey
Substitute Teacher
Binghamton City Schools
Neal Berkey
September 11, 2019
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September 10, 2019
I am so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I have known him since I was in HS in Binghamton when he played in the graduate string quartets at Harper. He was always an inspiration in his cello playing and in his kindness. I last heard him play with the Prometheus Ensemble and was able to chat with him after a concert. My sympathy goes out to all who knew and worked with him and especially to his family. I will not be able to come to Binghamton tomorrow but I will be there in spirit. I will always remember his warmth and his kind personality.
Carol Hutter
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