I have been engaged to write the original score for a 30-minute ballet for the San Francisco Ballet, to premiere in spring, 2021. The choreography will be by Dani Rowe,…
As newly appointed composer-in-residence of ICA, my first commissioned work will be a new one hour one-act chamber opera. This will be my first voyage into the wonderful world of…
Jeffrey Biegel has commissioned me to write a new piano concerto for him, to be premiered in the sorting of 2021. The Traverse Symphony will premiere the work, and a…
Stephenson’s Symphony No. 2 – VOICES wins the esteemed 2018 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald competition, sponsored by the American Bandmasters Association. This comes on the heels of winning the 2017 National Band Association/KHS…
“ROCOmotive” – a commission for the Houston-based River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), this work will be based on miniature trains. The concert will include the world premiere on February 23, 2019, and will be conducted by Brett Mitchell. Tickets
Multi-media tone poem for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Russell Smith. World premiere on April 6-7, 2019. The work will involve local photography, art, poetry and original music to tell the rich history of the Quad Cities. Tickets
Stephenson’s first symphony for orchestra (his first two are for wind ensemble) will receive its world premiere on April 26, 2019, as commissioned/premiered by the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Details forthcoming.
Chicago Symphony/Muti world premiere of bass trombone concerto for Charlie Vernon. Three concerts – June 13-15, 2019. Stephenson will receive his first classical world premiere from the orchestra he grew up listening to! Tickets
Increasingly in demand as a college guest lecturer, Jim has appeared at many colleges and universities across the United States, where he presents talks, master-classes, coachings, and lessons in group or individual settings.
In recent years, these appearances include Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Kennesaw State University, North Dakota State University, SUNY-Fredonia, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Michigan, University of North Texas, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Wyoming University.
Residencies are tailored to each institution’s needs but they commonly entail the following:
- Conducting the organization’s ensemble(s)
- Masterclasses/lectures with students
- Public/private events with donors and/or board members
- Pre/Post concert talks, engagement
- Private composition lessons (may require additional fees)
Jim will be a guest composer-in-residence for two weeks at Interlochen, interacting with students, attending rehearsals, and advising as an on-campus resource for students interested in a "life in the arts". Jim attended the Interlochen arts Camp from 1979-1986 (skipping 1985), and the Arts Academy from 1983-86. He was also on faculty for two summers: 2004 and …
Jim to be a guest for rehearsal of a new work: Legions and Legacy, commissioned for the Holland American Legion Band in honor of the 100th anniversary.
Jim to be a guest conductor at Tennessee Tech, for performance of several of his works, including "Symphony #1" and "The Storyteller"
Jim's music to be showcased at the WIU Showcase of Bands (led by Mike Fansler), including Jim's 2nd Symphony - VOICES - and other works. Jim will conduct rehearsals and performances with different groups working on his music.