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Stephen Ortega

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Stephen P. Ortega (born 1959) is a Singapore keyboardist, arranger and incumbent Music Manager at the Music and Drama Company (So Drama! Entertainment). Ortega joined MDC in 2000 as an arranger/keyboardist, scouted by prominent violinist and then-Music Manager, Paul Sim. Starting his musical career in 1981, he has performed with many established local bands. With his experience in contemporary, jazz and pop music, he has been an experienced arranger of music for bands, as well as producing tracks for various shows. He has had music arranged for iconic performance troupes in Singapore like the Camokakis, E# Sharps, Rhythmix, etc. Mentored by then-music manager Major Tay Soon Huat, Ortega has quickly risen the ranks and is one of Singapore's top music managers, having been personally commended by President Halimah Yacob of Singapore in 2018 for a series of performances at the Istana.

Ortega was born in 1959, to humble beginnings. His first job started in the Singapore Police Force in the 1980s as an inspector, before scouted to join the SPF National Band.

He has since served as Orchestral Director of People's Association Orchestral Band (1994-1996); and served as Musical Director for Exercise Wallaby in Rockhampton (1998).

Being a performer at heart, Stephen still plays on the keyboard for the MDC Band.

He oversees the musicians daily operational activities as well as the overall repertoire for the music department. He has groomed many national musicians including drummer Andrew Anthony and keyboardist Jon Saiman.

He is one of Singapore's most influential entertainment industry managers.

He married his wife, Maria, in 1993, but is since divorced.


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