Years Teaching: 42 Years at GSA: 33
B.S., Music Education, The University of Maine, '74
Music Education and Performance, Bowling Green State University
In His Words
The 2020 school year is Mr. O's 42nd year as a music educator overall and 33rd year as Instrumental Music Director at GSA.
Through the years, GSA music ensembles have won numerous musical awards at the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival, the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in Boston, and the Great East Music Festival in Methuen, Massachusetts. Most recently, the Melodious Thunk combo placed 2nd at the 2020 National Jazz Festival in Philadelphia; the Jam Bake combo placed third at the 2019 Berklee College of Music Jazz Fesival and earned a 1st Place Gold Medal at the 2019 Maine State HS Instrumental Jazz Festival. In addition, the GSA Jazz Band & Up Too Early jazz combo each earned a Silver Medal-I Rating at the 2019 Maine State HS Instrumental Jazz Festival. The 1983 Fort Fairfield HS Jazz Band & 1986 Fort Fairfield JHS Jazz Band were State Jazz Champions.
Steve plays in many bands such as the “Night & Day” Jazz Trio, a funk band “Maine Street R & B Revue,” and other local big bands and combos. He also has performed for bands that have accompanied major stars such as John Hodgman, the Four Tops, the Temptations, David Bowie, Roy Orbison, Johnny Mathis, the Supremes, Steve Lippia, Frankie Valle & the Four Seasons, Manhattan Transfer, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Chubby Checker, and David Raitt.
In 2012, Steve received two huge honors: Maine Music Educator of the Year award and the Blue Hill Halcyon Grange #345 “Citizen of the Year” award.
Steve lives in Surry with his wife, Carol, who works at Mainescape in Blue Hill. Their daughter, Kate, a 2012 graduate of Cornell University, is employed as a wildlife biologist at Denali National Park, Alaska. The Orlofsky family includes their dog Ulu, a Yukon husky; a cat, Mizzle; and a horse, Lucky, an appaloosa.