to a family of Italian-American bricklayers, Steven’s musical life began at the age of seven when his parents received the unlikely gift of a home organ. By the age of 10, he was winning regional and national competitions, where he was recognized for his improvisational abilities. Steven was accepted into the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School at14, and was later awarded a full scholarship to the school’s Bachelor of Music program. While at Juilliard, Steven studied organ and piano performance, orchestration, composing, and conducting. He played recitals at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, among other New York venues, and spent summers as musical director for the Williamstown Theatre Festival cabaret, among the youngest ever hired for that position.
After graduation, Steven moved to Los Angeles, where he continued working as a performer and musical director around the country. As organist at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church for years, he played numerous festivals and concerts in addition to regular services there. Steven also taught music theory at the Harvard-Westlake School, accompanied numerous choirs, and performed in Los Angeles, New York, England, and New Zealand. Steven was a frequent composer and musical director for Tim Robbins’ theater troupe The Actors’ Gang and for productions at the Yale Rep, the Mark Taper Forum, and Cornerstone Theater Company. (more)