Maestro Steven Allen Fox is an innovative composer, conductor and concert creator who has a passion for dramatic music; particularly film, television, video game, Broadway and Romantic era works. This passion has led him to the podium and the sketch pad where he composes music for films and the concert stage. Recently Steven had the privilege to act as Assistant Conductor for “The Little Mermaid Live in Concert “ and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory LIve in Concert," both at the Hollywood Bowl. Prior to that Steven was hired by Walt Disney Music to conduct the World Premiere of Disney’s “A Silly Symphony Celebration,” as part of the D23 Convention in Anahiem, California, and the Principal Conductor for "The Magnificent Movie Poster World of Drew Struzan" at Royce Hall and the Varese Sarabande 35th Anniversary Concert Gala International Kickoff in Los Angeles, CA. Special guests included Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Debney, Michael Giacchino, Sara Andon, Diego Navarro and Robert Townson. He was also invited to be a Guest Conductor for the international film music festival “Fimucite” in Tenerife, Spain and the Principal Conductor for the Varese Sarabande 35th Anniversary Halloween and Holiday Galas, where he conducted the World Premieres of Christopher Young’s “Ghost Rider Suite” and Bernard Herrmann’s 1954 television broadcast, “A Christmas Carol.”
Steven has had the opportunity to work with some of the most influential composers, artists and production companies in the industry, conducting on such world-renowned stages as Microsoft Theatre (formerly Nokia), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Auditorio de Tenerife, San Diego Civic Theatre, the Warner Grand Theatre, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Paramount Studios and Skywalker Sound. Notable professionals Steven has worked with include composers Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, John Debney, Bear McCreary, Christopher Lennertz, Christopher Tin, Christopher Young, John Ottman, Richard Sherman, Russell Brower, Sam Spence, Stu Phillips, and Tommy Tallarico. In addition he has shared the stage with performers Shoshana Bean, Tina Guo, Susan Egan, Cecilia Tsan, Alyssa Park, JR Richards, the rock band Dishwalla, Barbara Morrison, and Dave Lombardo from the rock band Slayer. Steven has been seen on Spanish television, LA Business Today, El Segundo TV and on the South Bay Show.
Steven founded the Golden State Pops Orchestra (GSPO) in 2002 to be a year round pops orchestra that brings the dramatic music he loves to the concert stage; since then, the GSPO has gained international acclaim, drawing fans to L.A. from across the country and world. Via the Golden State Pops, Steven has gained a reputation as a “premiere” conductor, having produced over 100 world or North American concert premieres, and himself conducting premiere performances of a suite from “Avatar,” “Battle of the Heroes” from “Star Wars: Episode III,” a suite from “Lost,” “Disney in Concert: Tale As Old As Time,” “Variations for Piano and Orchestra” by Stu Phillips and a suite from “Captain Abu Raed” by Austin Wintory. Other ensembles that Steven has had the privilege to lead include the orchestra for Video Games Live, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Brass, the City of Prague Philharmonic, Inland Valley Symphony, the Coachella Valley Symphony, Lake Havesu Orchestra, the El Segundo Concert Band, Vintage Brass Band and Sharp Sounds Big Band. He has also conducted recording sessions for the video game “Dungeon Siege III”, the film “To Save a Life,” television production “Tokyo Control,” a promo for the television show “Alias,” and the EMI CD release, “50 Most Loved Christmas Carols.”
As a composer, Steven has created scores to corporate videos for PIMCO and Jet Litho Printing, multiple feature length films, including his most recent score to Knightvision Entertainment’s horror film “The Sickle,” and multiple film shorts, including the award winning animated short “The Artist.” In addition to many concert works for orchestra, band and chamber ensembles, Steven arranged the song “Ease the Moment” for alternative rock band Dishwalla and arranged 25 songs for the holiday CD, “50 Most Loved Christmas Carols.”
A piano and trombone student from an early age, Steven found inspiration to go into the music business at the age of 13 while watching Steven Spielberg's “Hook;” he would forevermore hold John William's brilliant score to this film responsible for drawing him into a career in music. Steven brought this newfound passion to his first composition, “Vertigo” for solo piano, as well as every performing ensemble he joined, including the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Music Theory and Composition from Illinois State University (ISU) and a Graduate Certificate in Film and Television Scoring from the University of Southern California (USC). In 1999 Steven and his wife Leslie moved to Los Angeles where he keeps a busy schedule conducting, composing music, educating and helping raise three daughters.
As an educator Steven has been a lead instructor at the South Bay Music Symposium for nine years, has his own conducting seminar, Fox Conducting Unleashed Seminar, and was the Director of Bands for El Segundo High School for eleven years. In those years his groups have earned three consecutive Judges’ Invitational Championships for Concert Band, five Top 3 rankings in the California State Championships for Marching Band and multiple other awards and recognition. Previously he spent two years as the Music Director for the Torrance Area Youth Band and two years as the Music Director for the Southeast Civic Light Opera.
Steven continues to compose for films and to create stage works that bring together different art forms in a collaborative format. Currently he is revisiting the sci-fi superhero project “BattleWorlds” with George Edwards, beginning development on multiple concert works, planning future seasons for the Golden State Pops Orchestra and El Segundo Concert Band and freelancing as a Pops Conductor around the world.