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.

Ubi Caritas, The Search for the Sublime takes the listener on a journey through three aural environments. Threaded through these three environments, serving as both a point of reference as well as reflection, is a Renaissance-styled setting of Ubi Caritas. Each of these three environments seem to emerge from the vocal piece as it undergoes various transformations. Sound is warped in a stretching of the senses, submerging the listener into otherworldly spaces that seem to dwell just beneath the surface of the self.

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.