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Steven L. Rosenhaus (b. 1952, Brooklyn, NY) is a composer, lyricist, arranger, conductor, author, educator, and performer. His concert music has been called “clever, deftly constructed and likable” by The New York Times, and Back Stage magazine has called his music and lyrics for the off-Broadway show Critic “sprightly, upbeat, and in the ballad repertory, simply lovely.” His works have been performed throughout the world by such musicians as pianist Laura Leon, violinist Florian Mayer, the Dresden Sinfonietta, the Ploiesti Symphony Orchestra (Romania), the New York Repertory Orchestra, the Meridian String Quartet, the U.S. Navy Band (Washington, DC), the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band (Naples, Italy), and the ensemble of the Incontro Nazionale di Cornisti “Guelfo Nalli” (Supino, Italy).
Dr. Rosenhaus holds a Ph.D. from New York University where he serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition; he also holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Queens College (CUNY). He has over 150 original works and arrangements in print with LudwigMasters Music Publications, Theodore Presser, Music-Print Productions, Hal Leonard, and others. Recordings of his music can be found on the Musical Tapestries, Richardson, Capstone, and MPP labels. Dr. Rosenhaus is a frequent guest conductor of service, professional, amateur, and educational groups including several U.S. military bands (U.S. Naval Academy Band, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, et al.).
Recent works include: Nine Feet of Brass (A Concerto for Trombone and Band), commissioned by Sacred Heart University Band and its director, trombonist Keith Johnston; Rescuing Psyche for flute and piano (for NYSMTA); Horns of Plenty (Cornucopie) for trumpet, 8 horns, double bass, and timpani; Accordances (Symphony No. 2) for orchestra; Variations on a Neapolitan Theme for band; and The Apian Way for piano.
Steven L. Rosenhaus is the author of the recently-released book The Concertgoer’s Guide to the Symphony Orchestra (The Music Gifts Company/LudwigMasters Music Publications) and is co-author with Allen Cohen of Writing Musical Theater (Palgrave Macmillan). Dr. Rosenhaus is an awardee of the 2010 Con Edison Composer Residency; he has received numerous awards and grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and other organizations.
Variations on a Neapolitan Theme (Cicerenella) for band, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, LCDR Kenneth Collins, leader, with the composer conducting, Naples Conservatory (Italy), May 2011; also, US Navy Band Northeast, LTJG Scott Mythen, leader, composer conducting, Flushing Town Hall (Queens, NY), May 2011. Accordances (Symphony No. 2), NY Repertory Orchestra, David Leibowitz, conducting, May 2011. Lute Concerto, Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Dieter Hennings, lute, Ivar Lunde, conductor, Eau Claire, WI, Feb. 2011.
All-Rosenhaus concert, Laura Leon, piano, Keith Johnston, trombone, Wendy Hill, soprano, Flushing Town Hall (Queens, NY), June 2011.
Steven L. Rosenhaus was one of two composers-in-residence for 2010 at the historic Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens (NY). In addition to composing there, there will be a concert in the late spring of 2011 at the Hall featuring Rosenhaus’ music.
World Premiere of New Work (title to be announced) for orchestra by New York Repertory Orchestra conducted by David Leibowitz on 5/21/11. Lute Concerto by Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Dieter Hennings, lute conducted by Ivar Lunde in Eau Claire, WI on 2/26/10. Unbreakable by U.S. Navy School of Music faculty concert band conducted by CDR Ralph Ingraham in Norfolk, VA on 6/24/10. World Premiere of "Variations on a Neapolitan Theme" ("Cicerenella") for band by the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, LCDR Kenneth Collins, Leader, with the composer conducting, on May 9, 2011 at the Naples Conservatory (Italy). U.S. Premiere of the same work with the US Navy Band Northeast, LTJG Scott Mythen, Leader, with the composer conducting, at Flushing Town Hall (Queens, NY) on May 24, 2011. World Premiere of "Accordances" (Symphony No. 2) for orchestra by New York Repertory Orchestra conducted by David Leibowitz on 5/21/11. Premiere of Lute Concerto, by Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Dieter Hennings, lute conducted by Ivar Lunde in Eau Claire, WI on 2/26/11.
Concerto Grosso by Concord Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jamin Hoffman in Milwaukee, WI on 12/12/10. The Golden Gryphon from The Brave and the Bold by U.S. Navy Band Northeast (concert band) conducted by LT Carl Gerhard in Boston, MA on 6/26/10. All-Rosenhaus concert by pianist Laura Leon, trombonist Keith Johnston, and soprano Wendy Hill, at the Flushing Town Hall (Queens, NY) on June 5, 2011.
The Concertgoer’s Guide to the Symphony Orchestra (E.F. Kalmus) released 12/10. Pro*Ject for piano (Music-Print Productions, distributed through LudwigMasters Publications) released 12/10. Volume 1 of The Etude Project. This is the first of a series of graded performance etudes for chamber ensembles, composed in consultation with the faculty of the U.S. Navy School of Music. Volume 1 is in seven books: Instructor’s Score, C Treble Clef, C Bass Clef, B-flat, E-flat, F, and Percussion released 12/10.
The Carson City (NV) Symphony commissioned the work Birkat haChamah (Blessing on the Sun) for orchestra in celebration of the orchestra’s 25th anniversary. The composer directed the premiere performance April 25, 2009, in Carson City,. The work received a second performance April 26, in Fallon, NV. The Etude Project, a series of graded performance etudes for chamber ensembles, was written for and in consultation with the U.S. Navy School of Music. Volume 1 was published in 2009 by Music-Print Productions, and will be distributed by LudwigMasters Publications. The book will appear in score form as well as in editions for C instruments with separate treble and bass clef books; and Bb, Eb, F, and percussion instruments. The composer was responsible for several articles in recent publications: “The Maze of Editions,” on the variety of music publications (The Instrumentalist, February 2009); “In Memoriam: George Perle (1915-2009)” (American Music Center’s online magazine NewMusicBox, March 2009); and “An Introduction to George Perle,” “Q & A: Violin Concerto by Steven L. Rosenhaus; Interview by Dave Headlam,” and “Etude for George Perle”(Theory and Practice, Music Theory Society of New York State, Volume 33, dated 2008 and published June 2009).
Pianist Laura Leon presented Matilda Variations May 17, 2009, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, New York, NY.
For the Gipsy in My Soul, for four harps; Music-Print Productions, distributed by LudwigMasters Publications
A composer, lyricist, arranger, and conductor, Rosenhaus works in a variety of genres including concert music, musical theater, and film. His works have been performed worldwide by such musicians as the U.S. Navy Band and the Dresden Sinfonietta. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition at New York University (NYU) and a Yamaha Piano Artist, he has over 100 original works and arrangements in print through Music-Print Productions (MPP), LudwigMasters Publications, Theodore Presser, and others. The composer is currently writing The Etude Project, a projected six-volume set of graded performance etudes, in consultation with the U.S. Navy School of Music, Norfolk, VA. Volume 1, consisting of an Instructor’s score and separate books for C, B-flat, E-flat, F, and percussion instruments, was published in December 2008 by MPP. He is currently completing an as yet untitled commissioned work for the Carson City (NV) Symphony. The work will premiere April 25-26, 2009, at the Oats Park Arts Center, Fallon, NV, in a pair of performances directed by the composer.
The NYU Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Emily Mitchell, introduced the commissioned work For the Gipsy in My Soul for four harps April 21, 2007, Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York, NY. Fair Winds and Following Seas for concert band was first heard in a November 30 performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, VA. CDR Ralph Ingraham led the U.S. Navy Band in the premiere of Fanfare for concert band, October 20, 2008, Washington, DC.
The composer conducted the Carson City (NV) Symphony in a performance of Nevada Bagatelles October 21, 2007. Deconstruction Blues for solo bass clarinet was introduced September 26, 2008, at The College Music Society National Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Articles: “Dr. Strange Loop,” on Strange Loops (String Quartet No. 1, 1998), for Strings magazine, May 2007; “Symphonic/Tone Poem (M.E. Sharpe)” for The Encyclopedia of Storytelling, edited Josepha Sherman, July 2008; “An Introduction to George Perle” for Theory and Practice. Five Duets, clarinet and trumpet; Kol Nidre Prelude, viola and cello; The Kiss (a tango), piano; Deconstruction Blues, bass clarinet; For Clarinet Solo; all scores, all by Music-Print Productions, distributed by Ludwig-Masters Publications.
USNA Band: 150th Anniversary, includes Symphony for Band, U.S. Naval Academy Band under the direction of CDR Donald Keller; Richardson Records.