Stephen Colburn

Profile Updated: May 12, 2017
Stephen Colburn
Spouse/Partner MARLEE SABO
Children Sara Colburn Kosky, b. 1971 (Married to Anthony Kosky, parents to Rose, 8 and Sophie, 5); Berkeley, More…CA, Professional singer, San Francisco Opera Chorus.

Benjamin Colburn, b. 1973 (Married to Kim Colburn Lindell, parents to Joseph, 11 and Lily, 8); Rosemount, MN, Attorney/Prosecutor, Hastings, MN
Stephen Colburn


Yes! Attending Reunion

Attended Indiana Univ. Music School, where Marlee (operatic & concert soprano, now voice teacher at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music) and I met; graduated 1966. MM degree, UW-Milwaukee, 1968. Performed as Principal Oboist, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra 1966-2011; Santa Fe Opera (1973-1988); Music Director/Conductor: Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra (1974-2002); Racine Symphony (1975-1988); Founder/Artistic Director, Washington Island Music Festival (1991-2017). Happily enjoying (semi) retirement continuing to perform as Chicago free-lance musician with Ars Viva Orchestra, Chicago Master Singers, DuPage Chorale. Visiting children & grand children 3-4x a year, and spending as much time as possible on Washington Island. This May 13, we will celebrate our 50th (!) wedding anniversary and this July hosting our children & grand children for a 4 day 50th anniversary weekend in Santa Fe, NM.

School Story

Having moved from Lombard, I entered York as a sophomore and only knew a few people. Decided to see about meeting some fellow students so I went to the homecoming float decorating event where I was making paper flowers or some such and starting to talking to Marty Palmer, who suggested I should join the York HS Band. It seemed like a reasonable idea, so I auditioned for Mr. Reimer and became a band member, playing sax & bass clarinet. At the end of junior year, Mr. Reimer called me to his office and very casually said, "Steve, why don't you take the oboe home over the summer and see what you can do." That offhand conversation not only determined a future path as a professional musician, but changed the course of my entire life. Thank you Marty (!), and of course Mr. Reimer.

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Aug 09, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Dear Dallas; Wishing you a happy, healthy b'day from Washington Island. Thanks again for staying in touch. Warm regards, Steve Colburn

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Jun 28, 2020 at 4:47 PM

Posted on: Jun 13, 2020 at 7:26 PM

Hi Pete; Another b'day, holy crap! They just seem to be flying by. Sending best wishes f a great happy b'day, good health & G help us, peace.

May 28, 2020 at 11:43 AM

Happy birthday Steve. Wishing you good health & many more. Hunkered down here in cheeseland, trying to figure out how to survive covid & trumpocalypse. Be well.

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May 09, 2020 at 2:48 PM

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Jan 13, 2020 at 12:22 PM

Hi Jim; Wishing you happy b'day & many more and a healthy, peaceful 2020. Oh yea, even a little political sanity might provide some hope.!#$@#@!#!#$@!#@! All best wishes to you & Jacqui

Jan 06, 2020 at 12:25 PM

Hi Trish; Wishing you a happy b'day & many more, along w healthy peaceful 2020.

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Dec 30, 2019 at 10:39 AM

Posted on: Dec 28, 2019 at 6:12 PM

Hi Cathy; Wishing you a very happy birthday and many more, along w a healthy & peaceful 2020. Best regards fr Cheeseland!

Oct 16, 2019 at 11:22 AM

Wishing you a happy, healthy birthday Ed, and many more!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 1:21 PM

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019 at 8:48 PM

Hi Jack; Wishing you a happy, crazy birthday AND many more.
Best regards, Steve Colburn

Aug 09, 2019 at 11:55 PM

Dear Dallas; Wishing you a very happy birthday and many more. We are on Washington Island, just finished final concert Washington Island Music Festival. Here the rest of the month. We missed you at the 55 (!) yr reunion.
Best regards, Steve Colburn

Jul 12, 2019 at 11:29 AM

Hi Trish; Thanks f keeping us all up to date on York happenings. Enjoyed hearing about your trips to Sanibel & Sarasota. My dear 98 yr old mom is enjoying life in Sarasota. We are soon headed to Washington Island for 2 wks of chamber music & some kayaking plus R&R. Regards to you & fellow Yorkies!

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Jun 12, 2019 at 12:49 PM

Posted on: Jun 12, 2019 at 11:57 AM

Hi Pete; Wishing you a great, crazy, & happy b'day and many more.

May 21, 2019 at 12:17 PM

OK Tilly, happy b'day! OMG, you (we!) are 75. Holy sh_t! Hope you are well & enjoying life. We're headed to FL tomorrow to visit my ( soon to be 98 yr old) mom Then to Washington Island to play at a memorial service & a wk R&R. Driving through Bailey's Harbor always recall nice visit years ago. Take care, Colburn

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May 08, 2019 at 3:33 AM
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Dec 29, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Posted on: Dec 28, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Hi Cathy; Wishing you a happy birthday & many more.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy & peaceful 2019.
Steve Colburn

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Oct 17, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Posted on: Oct 16, 2018 at 11:26 PM

Wishing you a happy birthday and, and many more!
Best regards, Steve Colburn

Sep 18, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Happy Birthday Jack, and many more!
Steve Colburn

Aug 09, 2018 at 2:38 PM

Dear Dallas; Wishing you a happy birthday from Washington Island Music Festival (Door County, WI). Hope you are well and enjoying life. We missed you last Sept. at the 55yr (!) reunion.
Warm regards, Steve Colburn

Stephen Colburn has left an In Memory comment for Albert C. Stolper.
Jun 13, 2018 at 3:33 PM

So sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was always a friendly classmate with an enjoyable wry sense of humor & world view. Condolences to the Stolper family, w special regards to Al's sister Mary Stolper.

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Jun 13, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 at 1:29 PM

Happy birthday Pete & wishing you many more. Watch out as you travel around D.C. Dangerous times out there........#$@@!%$@!#@!@#%!