MURRAY is a composer, arranger, performer, and teacher who makes his
home in New England. Steve
studied theory and composition with Eugene Hill and Winnifred Cummings
at Miami University and with Donald Freund at the University of Memphis.
He has creates music in many genres from jazz to classical,
from choral to chamber music, orchestral, and music theatre scores.
Having taught at all levels, elementary through college, Steve is
well versed in the abilities and interests of students of all ages.
His compositions and arrangements vary according to need and whim.
Many have been written for his students and for student ensembles.
Others have been written for the ensembles in which he performs, and
others have been written on commission.
Steve has worked with and
written for such figures as Tierny Sutton, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers,
Sam Pilafian, and Maestro Giora Feidman. He has performed with
Buddy DeFranco, Gene Rush, Buddy Baker, Judy Collins, and the Albany
Steve plays bass and sings bass. He
has served as singer and assistant conductor of the Hartford Chamber
Chorale, and has performed in regional choruses and currently is a
member of Albany Pro Musica. As a bass player, he leads and
performs in his own 8-piece group, he performs with and serves as
musical director for the Joan Marks Trio, and since 1980 has performed
with and directed the 18-piece Berkshire Big Band.