Commissions

2016/17

  • Concerto for bass trombone and orchestra "The Arch" with St. Louis Symphony. David Robertson, conductor; Gerry Pagano, soloist.
  • Cantata based on "In Flanders Fields" (John McCrae) - for premiere performance in November to be conducted by Roï Azoulay at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim - also including wonderful friend/tenor Gideon Zelermyer.
  • Fanfare commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Spring 2017)

2017/18

  • Concerto for low brass section and orchestra with The Minnesota OrchestraOsmo Vänskä, conductor; Doug Wright, Kari Sundström, Andrew Chappell, Steven Campbell, soloists

Current Projects

2016

  • Songs of Remembrance - for horn and piano Gail Williams, french horn. premiere date: June 16, Ithaca NY Commissioned by Gail, and a consortium of six french horn players

  • Piccolo trumpet concerto - for piccolo trumpet and wind ensemble Joshua Ganger, piccolo trumpet. premiere date: November 8, Indiana Wesleyan University Commissioned by Josh, and a consortium of many universities and individuals

  • Symphony #2 for Wind Ensemble The United States "President's Own" Marine Band. premiere date: December 14, 2016, Midwest Clinic Commissioned by the US "President's Own" Marine Band, Colonel Jason Fettig, director)

  • Cantata on "In Flanders Fields" for soprano, tenor, children's choir and orchestra. premiere date: November 6, 2016, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim - featuring the McGill Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roi Azoulay Commissioned by Shaar Hashomayim
  • Trio for woodwinds (flute, clarinet, bassoon) Commissioned by Bryan Polacek for the Merit School KGT woodwind trio

2017

  • Bass Trombone concerto "The Arch" The St. Louis Symphony, conducted by David Robertson. Gerry Pagano, soloist. premiere date: April 28, 2017 () Commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony
  • Vast and Curious - re-scored for horn, tuba and wind ensemble Fredonia SUNY Wind Ensemble - directed by Paula Holcomb. soloists Gail Williams and Dan Perantoni. premiere date: April 22, 2017 (+ recording April 23) Commissioned by SUNY Fredonia

  • in memoriam work for Kent Leslie (former principal horn of the Anderson Symphony) The Anderson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rick Sowers. premiere date: February, 2017 Commissioned by The Anderson Symphony Orchestra

  • Liquid Melancholy (clarinet concerto) - re-scored for classical orchestra Performances scheduled with the Lake Forest Symphony (May 20/21, 2017) and the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University; John Yeh, soloist ) Commissioned by the Lake Forest Symphony

  • The Storyteller - re-scored for solo trumpet and wind ensemble Commissioned for recording by the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble, Michael Haithcock, director 

  • Work (title TBD) for trombone quartet and percussion quartet premiere date: spring 2017 Commissioned by Glenn Williams

  • this is most certainly true - for wind ensemble premiere: October, 2017 Commissioned by a consortium of 30 wind ensembles, led by James Ripley (Carthage College) - to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran faith

  • Concerto for low brass (section) and orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Oslo Vanska. Soloists, trombone and tuba section. premiere date: June, 2018 Commissioned as a crowd-funded project, led by D. Wilson Ochoa - in memory of good friend Bill Zehfuss.

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Concerto Performer List

Over the years, Jim Stephenson has written concertos for an amazing group of musicians.

Here is a partial listing of the artists who have premiered Stephenson Concertos:

 
Violin concerto #1: Jennifer Frautschi Trumpet/piano concerto: Marc Reese/Lisa Leonard
Violin concerto #2: Alex Kerr Trombone concerto: Nitzan Haroz
Flute concerto: Bill Larsen “Tempest” trombone concerto: Joseph Alessi
Oboe concerto: Alex Klein Triple trombone concerto: Joe Alessi/Pete Ellefson/ Jon Whitaker
Clarinet concerto: Dan Gilbert, David Shifrin or John Yeh Bass trombone concerto: Matthew Guilford
Bassoon concerto: Norbert Nielubowski Tuba concerto: James Jenkins
Horn concerto: Gail Williams Brass quintet concerto: Jacob Cameron et al.
Trumpet concerto #1: Jeffrey Work Triple brass concerto: Charley Lea/Erich Peterson/Daniel Mattson
Trumpet concerto #2 (Rextreme): Rex Richardson
Trumpet Concerto #3: Ryan Anthony
 

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