Assistant Principal Richard & Rhoda Goldman Chair
Assistant Principal Bass
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Chair
Member since 1980
Hometown: Arlington, MA
I started writing music in high school. I studied composition at Eastman and the New England Conservatory, and with John Adams at the San Francisco Conservatory. I also enjoy writing popular songs and music for chamber ensembles. I’ve been on the faculty of the SF Conservatory since 1985. I teach privately at different levels, and I’ve done master classes across the country.
I enjoy listening to Brazilian music from the 1930s and ‘40s—it’s so melodic and full of character, and often harmonically sophisticated.
I loved reading the books in the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. It was great fun revisiting late-twentieth century San Francisco in these books. The characters are vividly drawn and the plots outrageous. The dialogue writing is superb. I laughed out loud.
Stephen Tramontozzi has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program. He is currently a member of the Coaching Team for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.