Steven studied at Christopher Newport University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with Latin honors. During his graduate studies, he served as assistant conductor to the University Orchestra and OperaCNU.
Since then, he has attended conducting workshops at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and the Peabody Conservatory of The John Hopkins University, studying with famed conductors Mark Gibson, Gustav Meier, and Markand Thakar.
Recently, he has conducted Capitol Opera Richmond in performances including Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic H.M.S. Pinafore, Mozart’s Der Shauspieldirektor, The Stoned Guest by P.D.Q. Bach, and Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land.
As a proponent of new music, Steven regularly commissions new works and collaborates with composers. In 2010 he conducted the premiere of David and Glass, an original opera by composer Chris Lamb. Since then he has conducted and performed in the premier of over a dozen new works, including the 2015 concert premiere of The Snow Maiden of Appalchia by Andrew H. Austin.
Steven currently serves as the Music Director for the Hampton Roads Philharmonic and as the Orchestra Director for Soundscapes, an El Sistema-inspired program in Newport News that teaches transformational life-skills to socio-economically disadvantaged youth through music performance.
Steven lives in Hampton with his dog, Chica. He is a member of the Collegiate Music Educator’s National Conference, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda, Alpha Chi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.