Title: Music Educator, Orchestra Conductor (Retired)
Company: Young Artists Symphony Orchestra
Location: Walnut Creek, California, United States
Steven C. Accatino, Music Educator and Retired Orchestra Conductor at the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Amassing more than 30 years of professional experience, Mr. Accatino is a celebrated music educator who has also been an accomplished orchestra conductor for several years. Most recently serving as a music director and conductor of the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in Walnut Creek, CA, from 1997 to 2013, he formerly worked as a director of instrumental music at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, CA, from 1980 to 2013. Alongside his primary endeavors, he was the former treasurer of the California Band Directors Association and the Contra Costa County Band Directors Association. Civically, he previously acted as a scout leader of the Boy Scouts of America in the late 1990s.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Mr. Accatino pursued formal education at Diablo Valley College, where he received an Associate of Arts in 1970. He subsequently attended California State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. Thereafter, he obtained a Master of Science in fine and performing arts from Southern Oregon University in 1995. He holds a lifetime California state teaching credential from the California Department of Education and is also a licensed amateur radio operator.
When Mr. Accatino was in his formative years, his mother frequently played music throughout the house. They would attend symphonies in San Francisco, CA, where Mr. Accatino would conduct the symphonies and meet the musicians backstage when the act was complete. The highlight of his career was when his youth orchestra and high school bands performed at Carnegie Hall. Although it took an incredible amount of work and dedication, it was a tremendous experience that will never be forgotten.
To remain aware of recent developments within the industry, Mr. Accatino maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the Music Educators National Conference, the California Orchestra Directors Association, the California Music Educators Association, and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, among others. In 1995, he was the musician of “Order of the Phoenix,” which was performed by the Western International Band Clinic.
As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Accatino has been highlighted in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the World and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America. He received the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1967. Married to Carolyn Vanderbilt since 2002, he is the proud father of five children. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, listening to and performing music, model railroading, and hosting amateur radio.
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