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

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.

Schedule of Events

JANUARY

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8-14: Performing at the St. Barts Music Festival
14-16: Composer residency at Gardner-Webb University, in North Carolina.
16-23 Eight performances of Compose Yourself! with Naples Philharmonic. (Stephenson conducting)

FEBRUARY

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3: Symphony #2 - FGCU Wind Ensemble - Rod Chesnutt conducting
7-8: Piccolo Trumpet recording/performance at Peabody. Josh Ganger, trumpet
25: Blue Night *world premiere* with the Anderson Symphony. Richard Sowers conducts. In memoriam for Kent Leslie, former principal horn.
27 - March 2: Composer-in-Residence with Chattanooga Symphony; Violin Concerto "Tributes". Holly Mulcahy.

MARCH

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3: Liquid Melancholy clarinet concerto at Roosevelt University, CCPA. John Yeh, clarinet. Alastair Willis conducting.
7-10: Composer-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Performances of "there are no words", "Liquid Melancholy" clarinet concerto (John Warren), "The Devil's Tale", "Concertino and Fanfare"
9-11: American Bandmasters Association conference (Lexington, KY): "Glissin' Up" + "Symphony #2" (2nd mvmt) US "President's Own" Marine Band
10: WORLD PREMIERE - orchestra version of "there are no words" Frost Symphony Orchestra, U of Miami; Thomas Sleeper
11: Lake Forest Symphony - Jim Stephenson conducting family concert(s)
14: Piccolo trumpet concerto at Arkansas State University; Chris Wilson, trumpet

APRIL

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3-7 Elgin Symphony performs Compose Yourself! (Jim Stephenson narrating)
4: Three Bones Concerto at Indiana University; Jon Whitaker, Pete Ellefson, Tim Dugan.
6: Piccolo trumpet concerto performed/recorded at MTSU. Michael Arndt.
15: WORLD PREMIERE: work for trombone quartet and percussion quartet, Vanderbilt University
22-23: Recording of "Vast and Curious" at Fredonia University. Gail Williams, horn; Dan Perantoni, tuba. Wind ensemble conducted by Paula Holcomb. More info.
23: Piccolo trumpet concerto: FGCU winds. Matthew Sonneborn
28: “The Arch” Concerto Rhapsody, with the St. Louis Symphony. Gerry Pagano, bass trombone soloist. Conducted by David Robertson Composer in attendance. More info here.

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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
 

Recent News and Upcoming Events

Best wishes for a wonderful performance later today to Richard Rulli, soloist on my new piccolo trumpet concerto.
And thank you to Chris Knighten for your work in leading the ensemble.
Have fun!!
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Spring Wind Ensemble Concert

April 25, 2017, 7:30pm

The University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble concludes the 2016-2017 academic year with a final concert featuring musical collaborations with other University of Arkansas students, faculty, and alumni. O...

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Recently received this youtube video of Christopher Wilson performing Jim Stephenson's piccolo trumpet concerto at Arkansas State University.
Timothy Oliver, conducting.
Bravo, Chris!
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Live-stream tonight (8 pm EST) of Gail Williams and Dan Perantoni (horn/tuba) premiering Jim Stephenson's new wind ensemble version of "Vast and Curious" at the link below. Paula Holcomb conducts.
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A truly exciting month ahead:
Not to sound cliche - buit it's pinch-me type stuff!
April 22/23: Recording "Vast and Curious" at Fredonia U - with Gail Williams and Daniel Perantoni. Paula Holcomb doing a great job w/ the wind ensemble.
April 23: Matthew Sonneborn plays "Concerto for Piccolo Trumpet" with Rod Chesnutt's FGCU wind symphony
April 28: The St. Louis Symphony premieres the "Arch" bass trombone concerto w/ Gerry Pagano as soloist. David Robertson conducts.
April 30: Michael Mergen and Paul Mergen give the US premiere of "Hanging by a Thread. Solo trumpet/tuba with Craig Pare conducting the DePauw winds.
May 4: Chamber Music Charleston premieres the new "LowCountry Rhapsody" at Carnegie Hall.
May 7-9: Performance and recording of Symphony No. 2 "VOICES" - with Jason Fettig leading the "The President's Own" United States Marine Band
May 21: John Yeh performs/records the "Liquid Melancholy" clarinet concerto with Lake Forest Symphony.
May 21: Paul Merkelo plays a newly scored tribute for the Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, accompanied by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Roï Azoulay conducts.
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