Degree in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University. He also attended the the University of Pittsburgh to study electronic music. He moonlighted as a theater composer (yes, it’s true) and was given the baton as the first music director for the Pittsburgh Public Theater. He worked with Leonard (Dr. Spock) Nimoy, and many of actors and directors creating scores for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Henry V, One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest. In the summers he assistant taught electronic music and the physics of sound at the Aspen Music Festival and Audio Institute.
Upon graduation he travelled to Berkeley California to meet Donald Buchla. He collaborated with Don who designed and built him a custom 30 module custom system.
FROM PITTSBURGH TO NEW YORK:
With Buchla in tow, he moved to New York and as the resident synthesist at Soundmixers - major recurring studio- where he did album work with Paul Winter, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham and great jazz album producer, Bob James.
PERFORMING ELECTRONIC MUSIC:
Steve performed and was a founding member of the acclaimed synth band, The Electronic Art Ensemble (EAE). They performed all over NYC including Central Park, Washington Square Park, Carnegie Hall, The Kitchen and toured the the US and Canada. The New York Times said their concerts were, “virtuoso performances”. Bob Moog said the members of EAE were, “virtuoso sonic sculptors”.
MUSIC PRODUCTION AND RECORDING STUDIOS:
Steve designed his first electronic music studio, Patchworks, with materials “recycled” from dumpsters and electronics purchased at Canal Street’s secondhand industrial electronics stores and soon composed national spots, jingles and created synth sound design for national brands deploying his Buchla and Fairlight CMI.
His next studio, Oasis Music, was designed by acclaimed studio architect John Storyk famous for designing Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studio. This time around they did it right!
READING RAINBOW AND KIDS TV:
He created original scores for 165 episodes for PBS’s Reading Rainbow which featured the first all electronic kids theme song. Then came more national shows: Shining Time Station, ABC After School Specials, The Puzzleplace and Mumfie. Steve was the music director for all of them and eventually created songs and scores for over 350 TV episodes contributing to their winning more than 100 awards including EMMYs and Peabobys. He also scored films for HBO and even created the theme music for Lifetime Movies and Dr. Ruth’s show… crazy!
He has been nominated and won many awards including NY Film Festival Gold, and EMMYs.
His songs, written with his longtime collaborator and partner Janet Weir, have been recorded by Chaka Khan, Bobby McFerrin, Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian, Peabo Bryson, Ben Vereen, and Kermit the Frog.
Steve is passionate about education and taught songwriting, audinengineering and film scoring at CCNY, Queens College in New York and the Aspen Audio Institute
ONLINE EDUCATION INNOVATOR:
As Executive VP, owner and publisher at NonLinear Educating, Inc. Steve published more than 1500 online courses, led by the world’s best educators and enrolled in by tens of thousands of subscribers on the web properties: macProVideo.com, Ask.Video and Ask.Audio
After a few years of being “off the road” Steve was inspired to play live, again, by his close friend and collaborator, Jordon Rudess. He now performs live electronic music in immersive 3D, Quad environments with a variety of mind blowing electronic music instruments.
"There have been so many wonderful people and opportunities that appeared on my musical journey… and for that I am truly grateful." Steve H