Stephen Luchs became a San Diegan in 1978 after receiving a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at Southern Illinois University where he was Graduate Teaching Assistant under Professor John Kendall, the first American to study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
Mr. Luchs soon became a violinist with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Starlight Orchestra, as well as guitarist and bass player with the San Diego Summer Pops. He has worked as a freelance musician performing with many artists including Tony Bennett, Moody Blues, Burt Bacharach, and the Bolshoi Ballet. He played with Smokey Robinson for twenty years and was lead guitarist with Cluck and the Chickens.
Luchs became involved with music education very early on, opening a private teaching studio which he still maintains. He was an instructor with the String Preparatory Program at San Diego State University. He served on the Board of Directors of The Suzuki Music Association of California and was President of the San Diego Branch of the Suzuki Association. He has worked with San Diego Unified Schools both as a consultant with the music magnet program and full time string instructor. Although this is his first year as conductor of the honor orchestra, he was managing director for several years. In addition to receiving the Honorary Service Award from California State PTA, he is also a recipient of the coveted Paul Schuchman Award. He served as the Area Representative of the San Diego Education Association.
Stephen has been a frequent clinician and instructor at several conferences and conventions including the Intermountain Suzuki Institute at Utah State University, Strings By The Sea, Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, Villa Musica, and California Music Educators Association.
In addition to his musical activities, Mr. Luchs studied Telecommunications at San Diego City College where he was a DJ at radio station KSDS JAZZ 88. Luchs also earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree at National University School of Law.