Staff Arranger Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen, ComposerStaff Arranger Steve Cohen received his training at the Manhattan, Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music.

As an arranger and orchestrator, Steve Cohen has supplied scores for the New York Philharmonic, New York Pops, the New York Choral Society, Radio City Music Hall, Maureen McGovern, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the American Ballet Theater, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Goldman Memorial Band, the Synergy String Quartet, Edwin F. Kalmus Publishers, and the PanAmericana Latin jazz band.

Steve’s Cohen musical theater orchestrations include Julian Po (Ira Antelis; New York Musicals Festival, NYC 2013), Kiki Baby (Grant Sturiale, co-orchestrator with Michael Starobin; New York Musicals Festival, NYC 2011), Langston in Harlem (Walter Marks; Urban Stages, NYC 2010), Behind the Limelight, (Christopher Curtis; New York Stage and Film Festival, Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 2005) The Visit (John Kander, assisting Michael Gibson; Goodman Theater, Chicago, IL, 2001), Spittin’ Image (Stephen Weiner; Forum Theater, Metuchen, NJ 1994), and touring companies of Porgy and Bess, Crazy For You, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden and Beauty and the Beast.

Honors for Cohen’s original music include the 2004 Composer’s Award given jointly by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Museum in the Community (for the orchestral piece Juggernaut), first and second prizes in the 2006 Susan Galloway Sacred Song Award contest (for Psalm 84 and Psalm 121), the 2007 New York Treble Singers Composition Award (for Hashkiveinu), 2006 and 2008 Shalshelet Festival Awards (for Hashkiveinu and Y’did Nefesh) and the 2008 Aeros Prize (Wind Quintet).

Cohen’s choral music is published by Transcontinental Music Publications, has been performed by the Zamir Chorale, HaZamir: The International High School Jewish Choir, Kol Zimrah (Chicago), the Zemel Choir of London, Sharim v’Sharot, Makhelat HaMercaz, the Kirkpatrick Chapel Choir, the Rutgers Glee Club, and the Gregg Smith Singers, and is heard regularly at the North American Jewish Choral Festival.

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