In December 2012, Steven received his baccalaureate degree in Music Education from the School of Music at Western Illinois University (WIU) , with academic honors, graduating Summa Cum Laude and as the Honor's Graduate from the School of Fine Arts and Communications (four years prior, Steven was also accepted into the music programs at seven other universities including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Berklee College of Music before choosing WIU).
Steven is a graduate of Chicago’s Public School’s Selective Enrollment High School, Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. Before that he attended 7th and 8th grade and graduated from the Pre-International Baccalaureate program at Lincoln Elementary Public School and attended kindergarten through 6th grade and graduated from the Selective Enrollment Classical Public School program at Decatur Elementary Public School.
Steven has been studying piano formally since the age of four. For fourteen years, starting at age four, until he headed off to college, he studied with Julie Lovison, Director of the Lake Shore Music Studio in Chicago. He has been a student of the well known saxophonist, pianist and educator, Diane Ellis and has taken master piano classes at Columbia College with Peter Saxe. He has also studied with renowned jazz pianist Ken Chaney and Steve Million. At Western Illinois University, Steven studied both jazz and classical piano with Dr. Michael Stryker (jazz) and Dr. Tammie Walker (classical) and voice with Professor Kitty Karn. Steven currently studies voice with Brad Chapman, one of Los Angeles top voice coaches and producers.
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