Steve Migden, Musician and Lecturer

American born, Steve travelled to England in 1965 to study the French horn with Ifor James at the Royal Academy of Music.  After playing professionally in London for 10 years as a free-lance orchestral and recording session player and full-time member of London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, he was appointed Head of Medway Instrumental Scheme and Medway Music Centre.  He then returned to the USA to take up the post of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


On his return to England in 1987 he was appointed Area Director, South Kent for Kent Music School.  During this time, he founded and was simultaneously head of the Ashford, Dover and Deal music centres.  He founded the South Kent Youth Orchestra in 1991 and was its Conductor/ Director until September 2001.  As well as leading a team of new KMS teachers and administrators in bringing conventional teaching to thousands of new pupils in the area, Steve pioneered innovative teaching approaches such as American style beginner ensemble programmes.  In 1993 he was posted as Regional Director for East Kent, incorporating his original South Kent area with Canterbury, Swale and Thanet.  In 1997, he was appointed KMS Deputy Director and Director of Education and Artistic Director of Kent County Youth Orchestras (namely Kent County Youth Orchestra, Kent Youth Wind Orchestra, Kent Youth Chamber Orchestra, Kent Schools Orchestra and the orchestral course at Kent Music Summer School) in September 2001.  He organised The Guinness Book of Records World’s Largest Orchestra consisting of 2212 players in 1998 and in 1999 founded and conducted the Kent Music School Concert Orchestra at the Children’s Promenade at Leeds Castle.  He was appointed Music Director of Maidstone Youth Music Society in 2008 where he conducted the Maidstone Youth Orchestra until 2013.


Although now retired, Steve keeps his muscial wheels oiled with 'home horn practice' and occasional gigs.  He also enjoys giving pre-concert talks for Maidstone Symphony Orchestra and presentations for various societies including University of the Third Age.


He is a past Chairman and current Vice President of Maidstone Orchestral Society.


His main claim to fame is that he was the horn player on the original soundtract of "Hey Jude".


Steve is a keen cyclist, yogist, runner, fisherman, outdoorsman, cook, husband, father and grandpa.


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