Bio

A composer and song writer from northern Illinois. His music has been performed in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific Islands. It has been described as using "multi-dimensional imagery" to  evoke singular "sound worlds". Stephan completed his B.M. in Music Theory and Composition at Elmhurst College and his M.M. at NIU. He is currently at the University of Iowa working on his Ph.D. in music composition. 

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In Chrysopoeia, the string quartet is joined together in a shimmering whole that is subjected to deconstruction. The divergent cell catalyzes change, and the instruments pass through phases of individuation and coagulation as they move toward change: toward transmutation. The conflict becomes clearer and clearer as the players begin to speak, their dialogues joining and clarifying the fray. In the end, the players find their questions to be much the same, and they join in becoming a newly transformed whole.

Soliloquy, a fixed media composition, is a setting of text from the book of Job, and focuses on the content of the soliloquy found in chapter 3. Job's frenetic dialogue froths over the deep and thundering presence of his agony. Between the ebb and flow of his grief, Job hears the distant sounds of the world around him. In the piece's closing sections, Job turns his eyes toward the heavens and the flicker of starlight. The voice of God comes to him then, but not to answer his appeals: to call him to attend to his place in all of this. God speaks into the pain of Job, to help him sublimate his grief and to help him understand that finding peace isn't always about finding answers.

The Thing in the Cave, for fixed media
 

Darkness— ut7er, and deep; flo0d at my feet
like the ravenous beast that dances and leaps.

Water— trickl1ng ripples like iron
and chain; prison that crushes b0th mem’ry and name.

Stone— maw of the pit; Temple and grave where
7he proud and unfit sit lordly 0n dolomite thrones.

Breath— mark1ng my passage through shadowy
caverns.