Steven Mathiesen is a native of East Stroudsburg in Northeastern Pennsylvania and has played percussion with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 1981. He also serves as principal timpanist with the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in Allentown. In addition, he’s performed with the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Allentown Symphony and Reading Symphony.
He has accompanied many professional entertainers in their appearances at area venues. Mr. Mathiesen has appeared on recordings with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the Mainstreet Brass, as well as numerous studio recordings for Shawnee Press and Alfred Publishing. He played timpani in Don’t Be a Carbon Sasquatch, a part of the recently released Disney DVD Schoolhouse Rock: Earth. His compositions and arrangements are published by Shawnee Press, Honeyrock Publications, C-Alan Publications and Permus Publications.
Mathiesen received the Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ithaca College School of Music. His principal teachers were William Youhass and Allen Otte.
He teaches at Marywood University, Moravian College and Lehigh University. Steve is a graduate of the East Stroudsburg Area High School and was inducted into the school district’s Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
He lives in the Poconos with his wife Carla and their three children.