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My name is Stephen Bigger. I am a composer, performer, and music producer who owns and operates RockArbor Music (ASCAP) Recording in Santa Cruz, CA. With a catalog of original multi-media works in a variety of genres I’m currently composing musical scores for film and television shows like American Pickers, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet. In 1992 I received an ASCAP Music Award for my song “Shake This World” which appears on two different musical tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

I have been full time in the music industry for over 20 years as a staff producer in Nashville, TN and produced over 1500 songs on music row in my time there receiving several national ADDYs for my commercial music. As a freelance producer I have recorded pop, rock, world music, Americana, folk, gospel, and the blues.

Stephen Bigger

My background as a music and technology teacher, choir director, worship pastor, and creative arts program director has given me the opportunity to build teams and connections in a variety of projects and presentations. For a current resume, job experience, full project list, and references please email

Specialties Include

Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles, Composition, Production, and Directing Performance Events, Audio, Performance Coaching, Directing, ProToolsHD Recording, Finale, Sibelius, Macintosh, Multimedia, Project Management, Live Recording, Music Typesetting, Orchestration, Arranging, Blogging, Vlogging, Music Theory, WordPress, DVD production, Editing, Filemaker Pro, Film Production, Final Cut Pro, Choral and Vocal Conducting, Motivational and inspiring content.

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Vanessa Yearsley
Vanessa Yearsley
As a music student working towards my degree in voice, I can confidently say that Stephen is the most enthusiastic and visionary teacher I have worked with. He has an intensive musical background and is very knowledgeable in the study of the voice. From human anatomy to microphone technique he can create a studio experience for you that's nothing like anything you can get from anyone else.
Southern Sky Recording Studio
Recording Artist, Composer, and previous production client
Greg MacDonald
It was great working with Stephen. His studio is impressive, and set in a relaxed atmosphere. He is a good listener, and easy to work with. He is a musician, so he has a good ear for music. This helps when listening back on your recording. He had some great advice. My project was mainly piano, with some very fast string parts. He edited each and every note to make sure they matched up in perfect timing. I thanked him, and said it looked like a lot of work. He commented that he actually enjoys it! He seems genuinely interested on getting your project right, just they way you want it.
Heather Christie
Singer, Dancer, Composer, Music Artist
Heather Christie
Though I have been singing since age 9 in lessons and onstage, working with Stephen in the past year has really launched me to the next level, and helped immensely in the pursuit of my music career. His lessons, fine ear, and extensive experience help me to see beyond my limits as a singer. He is accessible and enthusiastic as a teacher, and encourages the same qualities and focus in his students. I have become more technically apt, confident, and excited about my music career thanks to Stephen Bigger.  
Kurt Ribak
Composer, Musician, Performer, Music Artist
Kurt Ribak
I've worked with Stephen in live performances and studio settings over ten years and have watched him get fine performances out of a wide range of singers and instrumentalists. He's very good at creating an environment that brings out the best in singers and coaching them in their technique and performance. Would I hire him? Yes!
Terrel Eaton
Session Musician, Woodwinds, Teacher
Terrel Eaton
  Having worked with Stephen Bigger on numerous concert and recording projects in a wide variety of musical styles, I know him to be a profoundly knowledgable and inspired/inspiring musician/teacher. His command of music and recording technology is second to none. Stephen is very perceptive and empathetic, and able to direct and coach musicians of every age and level to maximize their performance. He creates a safe, confident atmosphere, bringing out the best in each musician.
Cissy Crutcher
Singer, Songwriter, Performer
Cissy Crutcher
Stephen is an incredible songwriter, producer, and musician. I've worked with him as a vocalist both live and in the studio. The outcome is always awesome. For studio performance, Stephen has an exceptional ear for vocals and the expertise to bring out the best sound from any singer.
Bryan Dyer
Singer/Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Teacher
Bryan Dyer
I've had the pleasure of working with Stephen on some of his original compositions. He has a keen ear for tone, pitch and blend. He also works quickly which is great! We managed to double-track 4 part harmonies on several songs in just a few hours. Very easy going and knows how to get the best performance out of any musician. I hope to work with him again in the future!
Marty Dolciamore
Stephen has the ears of a vampire and the soul of a saint.
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