Symphony No. 3, “VISIONS” – up for consideration in three Grammy categories
Described as “…scintillating writing”, “skillful… unexpected mystery”, “…a virtual concerto for orchestra”…”such a rewarding release” (FANFARE Magazine), and “a colorful, energetic, and attractive symphony” (Classical Candor) — I’m really grateful…
Stephenson’s 2nd symphony performed at historic palace, Prague
Stephenson’s monumental 2nd Symphony – VOICES – received a wonderful performance during “The President’s Own” US Marine Band’s European tour during July, 2022. Performed inside the historic Žofín Palace in…
Young audience showcase: Once Upon a Symphony video by US Marine Orchestra
Stephenson’s young-audience adventure – “Once Upon a Symphony” – received a standout performance by “The President’s Own” US Marine Orchestra, and recorded on video. It was conducted by Major Ryan…
Stephenson’s Flute sonata premiered at National Flute Association convention
On August 12, 2022, Marie (Mimi) Tachouet (Lyric Opera’s principal flutist) premiered “American Portraits”, Stephenson’s new Sonata for Flute and Piano, with Kay Kim on piano. One of the highlights…
Concerto for Wind Ensemble
During the fall of 2022, I will be working on a new Concerto for Wind Ensemble.
I absolutely love this concept, because it allows me to focus even more on making sure that each individual instrument, and each individual player in the wind ensemble, gets something exciting to do.
It has long been my writing style to try to reward the performers with challenging yet rewarding parts to play, and I will approach this project with that mindset, on steroids.
Thank you to Andy Yozviak and Tim Holtan for spearheading this project, and to the many ensembles that joined in on the consortium to support it!
~ Jim Stephenson, 2022.
Scram! — newly scored for solo trumpet and chamber orchestra
In 2018, I was asked to write a short encore for trumpeter Amy McCabe to perform with “The President’s Own” US Marine Band during their fall midwest tour. That resulted in Scram! – 3 minutes of virtuosity and fun!
The equally wonderful soloist Mary Bowden has commissioned a version for herself to perform with chamber orchestra.
This should be completed during the fall, 2022. Mary and I have worked together several times, and she recently recorded my Spitfire for trumpet and string quartet (Kassia ensemble).
~ Jim Stephenson
Upcoming Conducting Engagements
As a conductor, Jim offers a wide variety of options, that can lead to more efficient rehearsal and intimate collaboration. Whether premiering a new orchestral work, or directing several works in a festival/college-residency setting, or simply leading a non-Stephenson program, he offers a composer’s insight that otherwise might go untapped, creating a rewarding experience for both performers and audience-members.
Additionally, with his experience and large catalog as an arranger, you can have Jim conduct your themed Pops concert, and bring all of his own arrangements/original works, making for a complete package deal!
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)