Steve Dunn began experimenting with creating musical ideas as a child. He wrote his first simple songs and piano pieces while in elementary school, his first instrumental ensemble pieces while in middle school and was writing for choir, orchestra and school band while still in high school.
By the time he finished college, he had already had his work published, and several other publications soon followed. Since that time, he has worked extensively as a composer, arranger and orchestrator of works for choir, orchestra, concert and marching band, small instrumental ensembles, television and radio commercials, and music for recording. His more than 250 published works - which represent only a fraction of all he has written - are found in the catalogs of numerous different publishing houses.
Another of Steve's great loves is working with other people to create music. He has been conducting choral and instrumental groups of all kinds, consisting of people of all ages, for more than 30 years. For most of those years, that work has been done in the context of church music. But beginning in August of 2012, Steve begins a new role as an Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Mobile. There he will direct the Symphonic Winds and other ensembles while continuing to write music and teach others. He has music degrees from Jacksonville State University (brass performance) and the University of New Mexico (composition), and has done additional graduate study in church music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Over the years, Steve has been in demand as a guest conductor (choral and instrumental), speaker and teacher for schools, churches, universities and various conferences at the local, state and national level. He also has contributed as an author on the subject of church instrumental music for various music ministry periodicals.
As a young person, Steve came to understand that God loved him and had sacrificed much to demonstrate that love. He is a follower of Jesus whose greatest joy is sharing that same love with others through any means available - but especially through music. Others have often commented on the quiet, open, non-judgmental and compassionate way in which he lives out his life of faith. (They may also mention his quick and VERY dry sense of humor, but we'll avoid that topic for now.)
Steve and his wife, Betsy, have four children and live in an old house with a big back yard in a quiet neighborhood in Birmingham.