Stephensons music is a fresh and energizing soundscape that
delights audiences while maintaining integrity and worthwhile
challenges for the performing musician. This rare combination has
rewarded Stephenson with ongoing projects and commissions. His
collaborations include a concerto for Branford Marsalis with Rodney
Mack, a work for the Dallas Symphony, and a concerto for Philadelphia
Orchestras principal trombonist Nitzan Haroz.
been performed by many of todays leading orchestras, including
Cleveland, the symphonies of Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore,
and Jacksonville, the Rochester Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra,
Grand Rapids Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Lake Forest Symphony.
His music for wind ensemble has led to commissions, performances, and
recordings by bands such as the USAF Band of Liberty, The
Presidents Own U.S. Marine Band, Boston University, and
Columbus State University. And works for brass have led to solo
commissions from many top-tiered orchestral players, including those
from the symphonies of Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Montreal, Oregon,
and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
at New England Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor of Music
degree with distinction in trumpet performance. He makes his home in
the Chicago area with his wife, Sally, a performing violinist, and
their four children.