• 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)


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

Current Projects


  • 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


  • 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


11-14: The Devil's Tale at UNT (North Texas), conducted by Eugene Corporon. Performance and composer residency, including masterclasses, lectures, coaching.  More info here.
22: there are no words with University of Arizona wind ensemble. Chad Nicholson conducting. More info here.
29: Three Bones Concerto performed at UNT. Eugene Corporon, conducting. Soloists: Tony Baker, Natalie Mannix, and Steve Menard. More info here.


8: Compose Yourself! with the Lake Forest Symphony. Jim Stephenson conducting. More info here.
10-13: Composer residency at the University of Wyoming. Performances, masterclasses, lectures, coaching.
21-22: New York City as American Composers Forum board member
30: The Devil's Tale makes European/UK debut. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic chamber players 


6-8: Piccolo Trumpet Concerto *world premiere* and composer residency Trumpet soloist: Joshua Ganger; Indiana Wesleyan University
10: Cantata for the Unsung - for soprano, tenor, children's choir and orchestra *world premiere* at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim; Montreal, Canada. Conducted by Roi Azoulay. Composer in attendance. More info here.
19: there are no words - feature concert at the Western International Band Clinic. Performance by the Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Dan Pham conducts.


3-9: The Devil's Tale in Pamplona, Spain (Spanish premiere). Jim Stephenson conducting. Brass Festival residency.
14: Symphony #2 *world premiere* by the US "President's Own" Marine Band. Colonel Jason Fettig directing. At the prestigious Midwest Clinic. Jim Stephenson in attendance. More info here.
 15: there are no words and Trumpet Concerto #2 "Rextreme" Palmetto Concert Band, Scott Weiss conducting. Rex Richardson, trumpet. Midwest Clinic. Composer in attendance. More info here.
17-18: Chattanooga Symphony: “Home for the Holidays” concerts. Jim Stephenson conducting.  More info here.


Listen To Our Featured Works

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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

I love seeing old friends/making new ones, so for anyone who might be in the area(s):
Jim Stephenson 2017 January-May schedule:
January 8-14: performer at St. Barts Music Festival
January 14-16: Guest composer-in-residence, Gardner-Webb University w/ Tim Hudson
January 16-23: Eight performances of Compose Yourself! with Naples Philharmonic. (conducting) Artis-Naples
February 3 - Symphony #2: FGCU Wind Ensemble - Rod Chesnutt conducting
February 7/8 - piccolo trumpet recording/performance at Peabody. Josh Ganger, trumpet
February 23 - WORLD PREMIERE, "sometimes we dance" - Highland Park (IL) festival strings
February 25 - WORLD PREMIERE, "Blue Night" - Anderson Symphony, Rick Sowers conducting
February 27-March 2: Composer-in-Residence with Chattanooga Symphony; Violin Concerto "Tributes". Holly Mulcahy.
March 3: Liquid Melancholy clarinet concerto at Roosevelt University, CCPA. John Yeh, clarinet. Alastair Willis conducting.
March 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"; David Thomas Kehler & Nathaniel Parker conducting
March 9-11: American Bandmasters Association conference (Lexington, KY): "Glissin' Up" + "Symphony #2 (2nd mvmt) "The President's Own" United States Marine Band
March 10: WORLD PREMIERE - orchestra version of "there are no words" Frost Symphony Orchestra, U of Miami; Thomas Sleeper conducting
March 11: Lake Forest Symphony - Jim Stephenson conducting family concert(s)
March 14: piccolo trumpet concerto at Arkansas State University; Christopher Wilson, trumpet
April 3-7: Elgin Symphony performs Compose Yourself! (Jim Stephenson narrating)
April 4: Three Bones Concerto at Indiana University; Jon Whitaker, Pete Ellefson, Tim Dugan.
April 6: Piccolo trumpet concerto performed/recorded at MTSU. Michael Arndt. Reed Thomas conducting.
April 15: WORLD PREMIERE: work for trombone quartet and percussion quartet, Vanderbilt University. Josiah Williams, soloist
April 21-23: WORLD PREMIERE performance/recording: "Vast and Curious" for french horn, tuba, wind ensemble; Gail Williams, Daniel Perantoni; Fredonia U. Paula Holcomb conducting
April 23: Piccolo trumpet concerto: FGCU winds. Matthew Sonneborn, soloist
April 28: WORLD PREMIERE: Bass trombone concerto "The Arch" St. Louis Symphony/ Robertson. Gerry Pagano, soloist.
May 4: WORLD PREMIERE, CARNEGIE HALL - work for flute, bassoon, strings. Chamber Music Charleston; Sandra Nikolajevs
May 7-10: recording sessions with US "President's Own" Marine Band - Symphony #2.
May 21: WORLD PREMIERE: Fanfare for Montreal Symphony at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim w/ Roï Azoulay
May 20-21: Performances/recording of "Liquid Melancholy" clarinet concerto; John Yeh with Lake Forest Symphony
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Very excited for John Yeh's premiere performances of this new "reduced" version of my Jim Stephenson's clarinet concerto:
"Liquid Melancholy".
Also excited for John Warren's performance at Kennesaw State University with Nathaniel Parker at the helm.
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Really excited for my next three projects - all of which are re-scorings:
** "Liquid Melancholy" (clarinet concerto) - re-scored for reduced orchestra to be performed/RECORDED by John Yeh with the Lake Forest Symphony, and additionally the CCPA orchestra at Roosevelt University (w/ Emanuele Andrizzi). And agin with John Warren and Nathaniel Parker at Kennesaw State.
** "Vast and Curious" (horn/tuba/wind ensemble) to be RECORDED by Gail Williams and Daniel Perantoni w/ Paula Holcomb out at Fredonia.
** "there are no words" (for orchestra) to be PREMIERED by Thomas Sleeper with the Frost Symphony Orchestra at U. of Miami.
So lucky to get to do this!
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