In the Pit: Steven Becknell, 1st Horn, LA Opera Orchestra

Steven Becknell, 1st Horn, LA Opera Orchestra

Steven Becknell, 1st Horn, LA Opera Orchestra

“Of all the things I do, playing with the LA Opera Orchestra is my favorite. I want to keep doing it as long as I can. I wish the opera did more productions because I love being there.”

In 1987 he joined the LA Chamber Orchestra as 2nd horn and began performing with LA Opera. Soon he discovered that he really enjoyed opera music and welcomed the opportunity to become 1st horn with the new LA Opera Orchestra.

In the 30 years since, Steve has performed in the studio orchestras of over a thousand movies and TV shows, and recorded with famous vocal personalities. Musical theater experience includes this summer’s revival of The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages. He plays chamber music with Camerata Pacifica, participates in a woodwind quintet, and plays occasionally with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the California Philharmonic Orchestra and Muse/ique.

Click here to read Diane Eisenman’s full article about Steven Becknell on

Diane Eisenman received a B.A. in Music Education from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and piano instructor in Pasadena, and uses classical music in her therapy practice. An opera lover, she enjoys writing about the people who make live opera possible.

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