Steven E. Ritter Print E-mail
Contributor Biography

I got “hooked on classical” during my years as a band student. We were fortunate enough to have a director who exposed us to many kinds of great music. In 1970 I happened to be watching a Great Performances segment on public television that featured Martha Argerich and her then-husband Charles Dutoit playing the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto. Well, that did it for me—there soon followed Vivaldi, Debussy, Dvoƙák, you name them—I was bitten by the bug. I enrolled for studies at Indiana University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro with people such as Eugene Rousseau (sax), Raymond Gariglio (clarinet), composition (Jack Jarrett), and Peter Paul Fuchs (conducting). I settled on a music history and theory degree after deciding that performance was not what I was really interested in, and then started an inveterate and unstoppable predilection for collecting recordings. No one but fellow addicts can even begin to understand this fatal and forever life-altering affliction. Having acquired enough knowledge over the years, I thought to begin spreading it by writing in a professional capacity, something I have been doing for 20 years now.

In my other life, I am a priest in the Orthodox Church (which has a continuing tradition of excellence in its musical heritage), and as such have also developed a great love for ancient church chants of all kinds, and choral music in general, aside from the great symphonic and chamber music treasures of the world. I have contributed to many publications musical and theological, and have authored one book on spirituality, and am a composer and arranger of Orthodox Church music.

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