President, Subito Music Publishing
Stephen Culbertson has been an advocate of American music as both a publisher and a conductor for more than 25 years. In 1993, he co-founded Subito Music Publishing and became its President in 1997. During that time, Subito has become one of the most active concert music publishers in terms of identifying and promoting both established as well as up-and-coming composers. The catalog has grown quickly and includes composers and arrangers in the concert, jazz and crossover genres. In addition, Subito has kept on the forefront of technology as the production facility for the innovative new series CD Sheet Music, a vast library of standard repertoire on CD-ROM.
Culbertson has served on ASCAP's Special Classification Committee since 1991 and been the SCC's chairman since 1998.
From 1987 to 1992, he was director of the rental and publications departments for G. Schirmer, Inc., where he supervised the music preparation of, among others, John Corigliano's opera The Ghosts of Versailles (for the Metropolitan Opera) and Symphony No. 1 (for the Chicago Symphony).
Culbertson has conducted over 30 orchestras, opera productions, and ballet companies, ranging from major to community level, in Europe and the United States. Major engagements include a Spoleto USA debut on the 20th-Century Perspective Series and a new production of Prokofiev's Cinderella for the San Joaquin Ballet in California. In recent seasons, Culbertson has appeared regularly with the Montclair Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and served as Music Director of the Sussex County (New Jersey) Community Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Bergen (New Jersey) Philharmonic Orchestra. With the latter two orchestras, he conceived and conducted a series of family concerts for the local community to great acclaim.
After graduating from University of the Pacific in his native California, Culbertson was awarded a scholarship to study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland) with famed conducting teacher Jorma Panula. During his five-year stay, he studied the works of Sibelius with the composer's son-in-law, Jussi Jalas, and conducted most of Finland's major ensembles: The Finnish National Opera, the Helsinki Philharmonic, The Finnish Radio Orchestra, The Vaasa and Tampere Operas, and the Oulu Philharmonic.
Culbertson introduced local Finnish audiences to works by Copland, S.R. Beckler, John Forsman and many others. He introduced local listeners to American music by writing a six-hour series of radio programs entitled "A History of American Music" for the Finnish Broadcast Corporation. As a guest conductor, Culbertson has worked for the Netherlands Opera and appeared in Czechoslovakia (with the Kosice State Philharmonic), Italy, Hungary, and England.