Steven L. Rosenhaus (b. 23 July 1952, Brooklyn, N.Y.) is an American composer, lyricist, arranger, conductor, educator and clinician, author, "show doctor" for musicals, and performer.
His concert music has been called “clever, deftly constructed and likable” by The New York Times; the Sächsiche Zeitung (Dresden, Germany) declares it “expressive.... It’s song-like melodic sequences and balladic aspects give it a lyrical beauty, within a newer soundworld.” Back Stage magazine called his music and lyrics for the off-Broadway show Critic “sprightly, upbeat, and in the ballad repertory, simply lovely.” His original works and arrangements are performed by such musicians as the U.S. Navy Band, the U.S. Naval Academy Band, the Virginia Grand Military Band, the New York Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, pianist Laura Leon, violinist Florian Mayer, bass trombonist John Rojak, the Dresden Sinfonietta, the Ploiesti Symphony Orchestra (Romania), the Sheboygan Symphony (WI), the New York Repertory Orchestra, the Meridian String Quartet,
Dr. Rosenhaus holds a Ph.D. from New York University where he serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition; he also holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Queens College (CUNY). He has over 175 original works and arrangements in print with LudwigMasters Music Publications, Theodore Presser, Music-Print Productions, Grand Mesa Music, Print Music Source, and others. Recordings of his music are on the Musical Tapestries, Richardson, Capstone, and MPP labels. Dr. Rosenhaus is a frequent guest conductor of service, professional, community, and educational groups at all levels. In addition Dr. Rosenhaus is often called upon as a clinician and as a “show doctor” for Broadway- and off-Broadway-bound musicals.
Recent works (as of 2017) include: The Inspector General: Overture for orchestra; JFK: A Profile for narrator and band or orchestra; Triple T[h]reat for brass trio; Ayshet Chayil (A Woman of Valor) for baritone voice and concert band; Quadtych for cello and piano; and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pigeon for soprano and piano quintet.
Steven L. Rosenhaus is the author of The Concertgoer’s Guide to the Symphony Orchestra (The Music Gifts Company) and is co-author with Allen Cohen of Writing Musical Theater (Palgrave Macmillan). Dr. Rosenhaus is a National Patron of the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity and an awardee of the 2010 Con Edison Composer Residency; he has received numerous awards and grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and other organizations.
Works for Winds
- Ballad in Blue
- JFK: A Profile (2017)
- Nine Feet of Brass (2012)
- Prayer (2013)
- Variations on a Neapolitan Theme
- Steven Rosenhaus, NYU Accessed 5 March 2016