Piano, Electric Bass, Theory, Composition, Arranging, MIDI Technology
A Waterloo native, Steve Lehmann has been making music since the age of four. While visiting relatives as a young child, he imitated the music of the grandfather clock on the piano, which led his great aunt to recommend piano lessons. Steve had his first piano lessons at age 4, guitar lessons at age 6, drum lessons at age 11, and then saxophone lessons in grade 10. Thanks to a dynamic piano teacher, composition was encouraged early on, which ultimately lead him to study composition at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Upon completing his Honours Bachelor of Music degree, he formed Flamingo Soup Music Publishing and Productions Inc. with collaborator Thomas K. Hunter, as a result of their Big Band recording “Next One In Line.” The CD featured all original music by Steve and Tom, arranged by Steve and featuring many current and past members of the Boss Brass. Steve and Tom are currently busy writing a Broadway musical. In 1993 “Waterloo’s Finest Music Education Centre” – Renaissance Music Academy – was born when Steve moved the students that he taught in his parents’ basement to a studio location in Waterloo. Shortly thereafter, his partnership with Trevor Wagler was formed; the two of them currently act as directors of the school. Steve has also taught and served as consultant for music programs in private schools in the Waterloo region. In 2007, the school changed its name to Renaissance School of the Arts to reflect the new drama and visual arts programs that were added.
Over the years, Steve has been involved with many facets of the music business. He is a busy performer on both piano and electric bass, and has acted as producer / composer / arranger / musician for many recording projects. Steve is actively scoring feature films, short films, corporate videos, commercials, video games, and has worked on some television pilots. Steve has performed with orchestras, jazz bands, country bands, rock bands, Dixieland bands, and many other groups. He is also at home with musical theatre, having been involved in over 30 productions as musical director, orchestra member, or as sound and light technician. Steve has worked on two Emmy winning commercials and is currently the resident composer for the popular webcomic Cyanide and Happiness.
Steve lives in St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada with his wife Angela, and his three daughters, Madeline, Fiona and Avery, and son, Isaac.