Stephen Wolff (spoken word)
Steve is good friend and talented Music Director, Teacher, Pianist, and Poet/Writer. He has made an original piece of spoken word to premier at the fringe festival spoken by dancer Christal Wagner. This piece emerged out of a conversation that Steve and Christal had about feminism and womanhood in this new century.
Take a look at the poem Here and all the notes Steve included in this danced version.
Steve Wolff, M.M.A, M.M.A, did his undergraduate work at Marquette University, where he studied English Literature, Fine Arts, Philosophy, and Theology (two majors, two minors), taking his baccalaureate degree in English Literature. His Master’s degrees, are from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in Organ Performance and Music Composition. He has also studied extensively at the graduate level, at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and the University of Toledo, Ohio: orchestral conducting (with Robert Spano, Principal Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), musicology, and classical piano (Frances Burnett, student of Gina Bachauer); and extensively privately and through self-tuition choral conducting, jazz piano, classical guitar, and voice (he studied voice with Barbara Streisand’s teacher, Margot Rebet). He has had numerous commissions of compositions and his music works are published by GIA, Belwin Mills, and Thomas House. He has over 250 original compositions: symphonic works, a trumpet concerto, a double concerto for saxophone and piano, and string orchestra, a string quartet, a song cycle, a dozen or so compositions for big band; numerous choral, organ, and piano pieces; and songs and jazz tunes. He has performed from 50 to 80 concerts a year in churches and venues in the greater Milwaukee area with Prata (a horn and piano/organ duo with Mike Keegan, French Horn), with Procyon (a jazz duo with Todd Domenget, string bass), and with his bother Justin Wolff (trumpet, classical and jazz), and as a soloist (piano and organ). He has recorded with Todd Domenget, Justin Wolff, and Mike Keegan.
Steve’s most important work, however, has been his work in the church and he has been a church musician most of his life (since the sixth grade). He has served congregations large and small in Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, and Episcopal Churches, the most notable being Gesu in Toledo, Ohio, and here in Milwaukee, All Saints’ Cathedral (where he was Music Director, where he started a concert series, and where he co-founded and sang in the early music quintet, Cathedral Voices, and sang in and directed the Artist in Residence Group, The Bach Collegium Choir which performed cantatas of Bach with Musical Offering, a Baroque orchestra and the umbrella Baroque music presenting organization). At St. Mark’s, Steve has organized, notably, an Artist in Residence Program which involves the regular participation at Sunday worship of Artists in Residence in Trumpet, French Horn, String Bass, Classical Guitar, Flute, Violoncello, and Composition.
Further, Steve has also had six businesses: a piano tuning/repair company; two residential/rental real estate companies; a bar/restaurant—Jim Hegarty’s Pub; a high-tech aeonautics instrument company (holding 5 patents) with James Foskett (orthopedic surgeon, airplane pilot, and artist)—Convergent Aerospace; and a medical instrument invention think tank, also with Jim Foskett—Medical Arts Associates.