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Associate Professor of Music and Dept Chair
Chadron State College
1000 Main Street - Chadron, NE 69337
308-432-6320 ||

University of Pittsburgh
PhD in music composition and theory, August 2007
Two Ways of Looking at Messiaen's "Vingt regards sur l'enfant-JÚsus"

Kent State University
Master of Arts in music composition, May 2002
Bachelor of Music in music education, cum laude, May 1990

curriculum vita

      American composer Michael Stephens' works have been described as organic and visceral, from exuberant to melancholy. His compositions have been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the IonSound Project, Diba Alvi, David Russell, et al. Commissioned music includes works for Alia Musica, the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, and the Cuyahoga Falls Instrumental Music Patrons. Shards of Frozen Ecstasy, for alto saxophone and piano, was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance convention in 2006 by Jeff Price and Jun Okada.

As a performer Stephens played saxophone professionally in jazz, rock, and blues bands throughout Northeast Ohio for ten years. His original jazz fusion group, Osmosis, released two self-produced CDs across their eight-year tenure, and opened for Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, Marion Meadows, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Currently Stephens performs regulary with the CSC Professors of Jazz and the CSC Saxophone Quartet.

Stephens is a dedicated educator with experience teaching elementary and middle school musicians in addition to the college level. Michael is blessed with a wonderful family, living in Chadron with his wife, Lauren, and his daughters, Alyssa and Chelsea.