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Born and raised in New York City, Stephen Main has music in his blood: his mother taught piano and his father, Tom Main, was a professional jazz trombonist with Si Zentner's band in the 60s. As a choirboy Steve sang at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue under Gerre Hancock. He went on to study violin, piano, organ, theory and composition at the Choate School and then at Oberlin Conservatory. At the same time, he earned his B.A., M.A., and eventually his Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is currently the Music Director at Piedmont Community Church, in the Bay Area, where he composes and conducts regular choral and orchestral performances. Stephen is active as an organist, harpist and conductor, with recent appearances in San Francisco, throughout Northern California, New York, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. He lives in San Francisco and LA.


As a composer, Steve's work has included the recent publication of new choral and symphonic works, multiple commissions, and the completion of the scores for several films. He is a First Prize Winner of the John Ness Beck award for a new American choral work, and and a 2007 winner of the American Composers Forum carol contest. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune hailed Stephen’s work as “evocative” music that “captures mystery.”


.... and some kind words from my film directors:

"Working with Steve Main was simply a joy; a collaboration that saw his passion and talent exceeded only by his wisdom and generosity of spirit." (Jared Allen, Mr. Marceau)

"... an accomplished, capable, and inventive film composer. My experience collaborating with him was easy, fun, and productive. Stephen was able to balance his own creative contribution with taking notes and following a vision. Our work together resulted in a score that was perfect for my project... a gem." (Liz Adams, Front Men)

"... the best kind of combination: brilliant musical talent with a collaborative spirit and a strong work ethic. His work took my film to new heights" (Jon Cellini, All Alone)

"... a true professional, and a musical genius... A facilitator of sound, and organizer of noise; a conduit for my voice." (Les Shepherd, The Finest hour)

"The score Stephen produced for my film surprised me with the quality and its style, far exceeding my expectations... I couldn't wait to have him do another film score for me too!" (Ron Roggé, Creation and Do unto others) 

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