Whether conducting or solo performing, my goal is always to connect with an audience on multiple levels. Ultimately, the most powerful performance is one that is less about the player, and more about the listener.

To whom my heart belongs

This composition is very near and dear to me. My thanks to the wonderful players for their sensitive and lyrical interpretation of the piece!

Practice Makes Perfect

Conductor and Composer Stephen Main prepares choir and orchestra for the annual Christmas Concert at Piedmont Community Church.

Stephen Main performs at Mission Dolores

A short video before a recent organ recital at Mission Dolores basilica in San Francisco.

Exsultate Deo for three lutes

Three hats, three lutes! This is my own intabulation of a splendid 5-part motet, “Exsultate Deo,” by Palestrina. It was actually a fairly common practice for lutenists to adapt choral music to their instruments.


“Stephen Main performs his transcription of Ottorino Respighi’s Notturno on harp.
Notturno is a stunning, deeply instrospective piece by Ottorino Respighi, from his collection of Nocturnes for piano. Here’s my own transcription of it, which I play on the harp.”

O’Carolan’s Quarrel With the Landlady

Celtic harp music on a recent chilly evening. This is “O’Carolan’s Quarrel,” on my amazing Triplett lever harp.