Years Teaching: 41 Years at GSA: 32
B.S., Music Education, The University of Maine, '74
Music Education and Performance, Bowling Green State University
In His Words
This is Mr. O's 41st year as a music educator and 32nd 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 GSA Jazz Band and the jazz combo Quinn and the Tuplettes each earned a Silver Medal-I Rating at the 2018 Maine State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival.
Steve plays in many bands, such as the Night and Day jazz trio, the 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 Johnny Mathis, The Supremes, Steve Lippia, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Manhattan Transfer, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Chubby Checker, and David Raitt.
In 2012, Steve received two huge honors: the 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 a park ranger in the Okanogan/Pasayten Wilderness area in Washington State. The Orlofsky family includes their dog, Ulu, a Yukon husky; a kitten, Mizzle; and a horse, Lucky, an Appaloosa.