Steve Jobe

Steve Jobe


   182 Calla Street, Providence

“Composer, instrument builder, avant-garde cabaret master and all-purpose madman…” –Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal, June 8th, 2006

Steven Jobe began composing in 1987 when he was commissioned by the Community College of Rhode Island to compose the lyrics and music for an original musical, "Walking on Air." A few years later he wrote the lyrics and music to an opera, "Joan of Arc," which was performed in concert version in Providence, Rhode Island in 1993.

In 1994, Jobe began to explore the possibilities of chamber music, composing and arranging a wide variety of small ensemble pieces for theatre projects at the Rhode Island School of Design and for two productions of the Pan-Twilight Circus (a RI-based circus/theatre project). In 2005, Jobe composed a string quartet, "Four Movements for String Quartet and Soprano," which was premiered in May 2005 at the Carriage House School in Providence. This work won the RISCA Composition Fellowship award in 2006. Subsequently Jobe was commissioned by bassoonist, Jim Morgan (a specialist in the French-style bassoon) to compose a bassoon concerto. "Concerto for Bassoon, Strings and Harp" had its premiere in June 2006 with Morgan as soloist. In 2007, Jobe was commissioned by the First Works Festival in Providence to compose "Music for Three Hurdy-Gurdies." A substantial work scored for chamber ensemble with vocalists, it featured all three of the hurdy-gurdies that he plays or has developed, two of them large-scale (7 and 10 feet long), one-of-a-kind instruments. The piece had its premiere in October 2007 as part of the First Works Festival in downtown Providence.

In 2011, Jobe was commissioned by brass specialist Bruce Hopkins to compose a concerto for the corno da caccia. That work was premiered by the Thayer Symphony (Fitchberg, MA) in February 2012 with Hopkins as soloist. Jobe has just completed a new opera, "The Legend of the Fairy Melusine." The work will have its concert premiere as part of the First Works Festival at the Roundtop Center in downtown Providence in September of 2014.