Steven’s compositions have been performed throughout the East Coast, and abroad in Paris. He is currently a doctoral student, and Graduate Assistant, at the Peabody Conservatory where he also completed his Master’s Degree. He has studied with both Michael Hersch and Kevin Puts while at Peabody. Steven received a BM in Music Composition from Temple University, and also studied harmony, counterpoint, analysis and composition privately for seven years with Benjamin C.S. Boyle, who serves as
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composition faculty at the Nadia Boulanger Summer Institute. Steven attended this program in 2012, and is still deeply influenced by this pedagogical approach today.
Steven has had the opportunity to work with ensembles and soloists including The Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, The Composers Concordance,The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Temple University Singers, Temple University’s New School Brass Quintet, and The Temple Composer’s Orchestra. In recent years Steven’s compositions have been recognized in several competitions. His composition, The Lord is my Shepherd, has been awarded the III International A.D. Kastalsky Choral Music Competition. His art song, She Dried Her Tears, won the Composers Concordance 8th Annual ‘Generations’ Composition Competition. Finally, in 2017 Steven was awarded 3rd place in the Sparks & Wiry Cries Song Slam in New York City for his composition Velvet Shoes.
He has been commissioned by Guilderland 2018 Choral Festival, The Philadelphia Experimental Theatre Ensemble, and scored music for the T.V. special, “One Night Only: Live From The Essence Music Festival.” He is the recipient of the Ada Arens Morawetz Memorial Award, the Richard M. Duris Scholarship for Excellence in Classical Music and the Florence Gould Foundation Scholarship. Steven’s music has been reviewed by publications such as the Epoch Times, Philadelphia City Paper, and Phindie Magazine, and was featured on Maryland’s Classical Radio station, WBJC, 91.5’s ‘Composer of the Month’ Podcast series.
As a choral conductor, Steven has worked with Temple University’s Side Stage Theatre, The Church of Saint Luke and the Epiphany Parish Choir, and the Hatboro Baptist Church Choir. Past composition instructors include: Jan Kryzwicki, Alexander Devaron, Richard Brodhead and Philip Lasser.