Steve received his 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 Cookoos Nest. In the summers he assistant taught electronic music and the physics of sound at the Aspen Music Festival and Audio Institute.
Upon graduation his electronic music professor introduced him to Donald Buchla. He persuaded Don to build a custom 30 module custom system and it changed the path of his musical life..
With Buchla in tow, he moved to New York and as the resident synthesist at Soundmixers - major recurring studio- where he did session work with Paul Winter, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham and great jazz album producer, Bob James.
Steve performed and was a founding member of the acclaimed band, The Electronic Art Ensemble. They performed in Central Park, Washington Square Park, Carnegie Hall and toured the the US and Canada. The New York Times called there concerts, “virtuoso performances”. Bob Moog said they were, “virtuoso sonic sculptors”.
Steve hand built his first electronic music studio, Patchworks, with materials “recycled” from dumpsters and purchased at Canal Street’s secondhand industrial electronics stores and soon composed national spots, jingles and created synth sound design for national brands like : VW, Nozema, ATT, ADT and Ford using his Buchla and Fairlight.
His next boutique studio, Oasis Music, was designed by acclaimed studio architect John Storyk. John built Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studio. No more scrounging. This time around they did it right!
Outta nowhere came kids television: Reading Rainbow -with the first all electronic kids TV theme song featuring, of course, the Buchla! This iconic song is loved by millions. Then came other national shows: Shining Time Station, 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 and film scoring for years at both CCNY and Queens College in New York.
As Executive VP,, owner and publisher at NonLinear Educating, Inc. Steve produced than over 1500 online courses watched 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