Location: New Jersey, USA
Steve Freides holds an Associate's Degree from the Buck County (PA) Community College, where he was a classical guitar major, a Bachelor's Degree from Temple University, where he was a voice performance major, a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the Mannes College of Music (now a division of the New School) in New York City, and a Doctoral Degree in Choral Conducting (DMA) from SUNY at Stony Brook. Steve began his musical studies with jazz guitar and is fluent in most styles on guitar, piano, and upright and electric bass.
Steve directed Phiadelphia's Arbel Choral for five seasons from 1977 to 1982, leading the group in concerts at the historic Walnut Street Theater and on tour in Israel. Steve has been Director of the High Holy Day Professional Choir at Temple Sinai in Dresher, PA for the last 35 years.
After teaching for 10 years in the College, Extension, and Preparatory Divisions of Mannes, Steve left music teaching for a foray into the computer world, eventually becoming a well-known programmer, consultant, and writer, speaking at several international developers' conferences and serving as a Contributing Editor at FoxPro Advisor magaine.
Steve returned - for good, we think - to music teaching at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ, near his home in Ridgewood, and also stepped up his private teaching. He currently performs occassionally but spends most of his time giving private lessons in piano, guitar, French Horn, trumpet, upright bass, and recorder at the home he shares with his wife of 29 years, Bronwen Eastwood, and their two children, David and Joshua, ages 20 and 16. Steve is also a part-time member of the faculty of the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ, serving as an accompanist and arranger.
Steve is an avid amateur strength athlete and holds a number of national and world records in his age and weight class in the deadlift.