Steve Johns began his post high school education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He received his B.M. degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his M.M. degree from The Juilliard School. Further studies at Columbia University Teachers College earned him his M.Ed. degree.
Steve began his professional career with the Connecticut Opera Association during his high school years. When he moved to New York, he studied tuba with Herbert Wekselblatt, principal tuba of the Metropolitan Opera. He began substituting at the Met Opera and before long was designated as the associate tuba at the Met.
As a freelance musician some of Steve accounts included, principal tuba of the Joffrey Ballet, The Martha Graham Ballet, The New York Pops, and The Little Orchestra Society. He was appointed principal tuba of the New York City Opera in 1983 and principal tuba of the New York City Ballet in 2000. Steve holds the “distinction” of having performed with the NYC Ballet, The Met Opera and the New York Philharmonic on the same evening. He has also performed and recorded with many of the music worlds most esteemed conductors.
For 20 years he was the tuba instructor at the Mannes College of Music.
He resides in New Jersey with his wife and son.