Steven Byess

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Steven Byess
Background information
Birth name Steven Lee Byess
Born (1961-06-06) June 6, 1961 (age 53)
Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Classical, Operatic, Jazz, Light Opera, Band, Orchestral
Occupation(s) Conductor
Years active 1986-Present
Notable instruments
Bassoon, Saxophone, Violin, Piano

Steven Byess is an American orchestral conductor.

Early career[edit]

Byess attended Georgia State University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in classical performance and jazz studies, and Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he received Master of Music degree. While there he studied with Louis Lane,Carl Topilow in the area of conducting. He also attended the Pierre Monteux Memorial School for Conductors. Byess was an assistant to conductor Robert Shaw at the Shaw Institute in Souilliac, France.[1]

Recent work[edit]

Byess conducts symphony orchestras and opera companies, also working in the genres of Broadway, jazz and television. He recently finished an 11 year tenure as the Associate Music Director of the Ohio Light Opera where he conducted over 400 performances of 50 diverse operas, operettas, and musical theater works.[1]

Byess is the Music Director of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra [2] and serves as Cover Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Music Director for the Arkansas Philharmonic, Opera Conductor for the Cleveland Institute of Music and California State University, Los Angeles.[3]

With the Ohio Light Opera, Byess is featured on 11 CD recordings by Newport Classic, Albany Records, and Operetta Archives. In the summer of 2007, Byess conducted Bernstein's Candide at the Pine Mountain Music Festival and Puccini's La bohème in Tel Aviv at the International Vocal Arts Institute. In November and December 2007, Byess conducted his third U.S. tour with the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra from Krakow, Poland.[1]

Byess was chosen by Walt Disney World Entertainment to conduct the 2000 NFL E*TRADE Super Bowl Halftime show.[3]

Current Calendar[edit]

He is in demand for a full variety of concert conducting activities.[4] Most recently he was selected by the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra as Music Director and Conductor.

Other interests[edit]

Byess wrote and co-directed the PBS children's presentation Count On It!.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Steven Byess, Music Director of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra
  2. ^ Meet the Conductor
  3. ^ a b Highlights | TFW - The Free Weekly Byess has also conducted opera and gala performances with the Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs, CO, and worked as conductor Adam Flatt's replacement when he took a sabbatical from The University of Denver.
  4. ^ Calendar