Steven is an excellent teacher and also a great friend. I took lessons with him in 1993 before moving to New York, and I was lucky enough to run into him two years ago, after I returned to Princeton. I am very fortunate to have found him again, because Steven has made the dream of singing come true for me.
When teaching, he uses his good sense of humor to motivate me, and doesn't mind pushing/challenging me, amidst his ongoing encouragement, which he gives every lesson. He's also patient, and knows when to look past any of my uncertainty or resistance in reaching a new stage of ability. Overall, my singing has dramatically improved, and continues to. Thanks to Steve, I'm in two bands and am a member of Princeton Pro Musica, an excellent local choir.
With his Juilliard training, naturally, he's very knowledgeable about singing and music, and I trust -and am in awe of- his fantastic ear, and how it delves into a range of talents and techniques, and how he can then miraculously articulate what each singer is doing and what they are capable of, with perfect confidence.
Steven is a good, principled, warm-hearted guy, who's fun to work with, and it's easy to see that the art of singing is sacred for him. You'll know that you're learning from a real professional, who's blessed both as a singer and teacher. I recommend him highly.