Born in Washington, D.C., where his father served as the Army Chorus pianist, Everson moved with his family to Livonia, Mich., at the age of two. As a high school student, he spent two summers in Boston at Tanglewood in the Young Artists Program and one summer at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan. He then attended the University of Michigan, studying with Louis Stout.
Everson’s first professional experience came in 1977, when he joined the Flint Symphony. After filling the Second Horn (1977-81) and Principal Horn (1981-82) positions with the Flint Symphony, Everson became the Assistant Principal Horn for the Toledo Symphony. He also served as the Kansas City Symphony’s co-Principal and Principal Horn.
While in Kansas City, Everson taught horn at both William Jewell College and Washburn University in Topeka. He also helped establish the Kansas City Brass, a Grammy Award-nominated brass sextet, with which he recorded a Christmas Album and another titled No Strings Attached.
During this time, Everson also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a substitute. He served as an extra with the DSO when additional horns were needed, traveling with them to Puerto Rico’s Casals Festival in 1985, on EuroTour ’89 and on two trips to Carnegie Hall. Upon leaving Kansas City, he became a full-time member of the DSO in 1999.
In his spare time, Everson enjoys supporting other Detroit institutions by attending Pistons and Tigers games. He also teaches at Macomb Community College.