Steven Devine has made his mark as both an orchestral conductor and keyboard player, working with some of the finest musicians. His talents extend across orchestral, choral and opera repertoire – even making his BBC Proms directing debut with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at this year’s Proms concert series!
Christopher directs the New Chamber Opera of Oxford and has conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s La Finta Semplice and Il Re Pastore as well as Stradella’s Il Trespolo Tutore and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Additionally he conducted Handel’s Xerxes and Tamerlano.
Early Life and Education
Early in his life he developed an interest in disassembling things to see how they functioned; this interest later turned into a passion as he rose through corporate ranks primarily as management.
Devine played for both the New Zealand Blues and All Blacks but retired due to repeated concussions in 2007. Migraines, fatigue and an aversion to noise or bright lights contributed to his withdrawal; often sad and lonely were among his symptoms.
He married Sue Knizeski at a Christmas party in 1985, and they went on to have two daughters. He was an devoted father who enjoyed spending time with his girls as well as hiking and scuba diving. He will be deeply missed by many; among those left behind are Brittany Devine Raymond (Brittany’s daughter) and Brennen Divine (Melina); grandchildren Aspyn Raymond, Brooklyn Weiss McKenna Weiss Finn Weiss as well as several cousins.
Devine is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Litigation Section and South Jersey Branch Executive Committee, as well as serving on its New Jersey Uniform Law Commission.
Devine spent much of his career working for various firms specializing in structural engineering, such as Cubellis & Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor before finding Bala Consulting near Philadelphia where he quickly rose to the rank of vice president overseeing all structural engineering at Bala.
Devine relays his tale not to evoke sympathy – far from it – but rather in order to educate players, coaches, referees or parents of all stripes about the risks inherent in sports participation. He does not wish for revenge upon life for having dealt him the hand it did; rather he hopes his example can provide valuable lessons.
Achievement and Honors
Devine holds professional engineering licenses in eight states and the UAE. With extensive domestic and international design experience in structural engineering he has designed many commercial, residential, industrial buildings as well as overhead crane structures.
Devine was a first-team player for St Joseph’s, the rugby training ground that has produced 49 Wallabies including former Australia coach Ian Kennedy. Though Devine appeared to be promising, his future in rugby became uncertain after attending a Waratahs home match and witnessing second-string halfback Sam Payne go down with an injury during their match against Sydney Waratahs.
Devine conducts orchestral, choral and opera repertoire. He serves as Artistic Director for OAE’s Bach, the Universe and Everything Cantata Series and Conductor and Musical Advisor to English Haydn Festival; additionally performing solo harpsichordist/fortepianist works at Dartington International Festival as well as New Chamber Opera Oxford.
Devine works not only as a musician, but is also employed in customer service and has earned his NCCP Level 3 coaching certification. Furthermore, he was appointed to serve on Team Ontario deaf ice hockey coaching staff.
Stephen has made regular appearances across London and Europe and recently made his Royal Albert Hall directing debut, while also recording for BBC Radio and across Europe. Additionally he plays as the harpsichordist with London Baroque, Apollo & Pan, I Fagiolini, the Consort of Musicke and The Classical Opera Company as well as playing as principal keyboard player with The Gonzaga Band.
As well as his other roles, Mr. Turner serves as Director of New Chamber Opera, Oxford and Conductor for Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment’s Bach – The Universe & Everything cantata series as well as Associate Director for Opera Restor’d. Under his baton have been productions such as Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s La Finta Semplice and Il re Pastore, Stradella’s Il Trespolo Tutore, Rossini’s Le Comte Ory and Handel’s Xerxes and Tamerlano as well as Galuppi’s Il Mondo alla Roversa.
Devine has worked tirelessly in his long and distinguished career as an actor, comedian, writer, and producer to amass an impressive net worth. From modern family recurring roles and leading parts in movies such as Pitch Perfect to his forthcoming HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones (not forgetting his many voiceover roles on animated shows like Steven Universe and Green Eggs and Ham), Devine has amassed quite the net worth.
Devine was born in Waterloo, Iowa but spent most of his youth living in Omaha. After attending Orange Coast College where he met future Workaholics co-star Blake Anderson he currently resides with his wife and son in Los Angeles California as well as being featured as a regular guest on TV shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as well as Comedy Central’s Workaholics.