Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Employee Profile


Michael Stephens

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 308-432-6320
Office: Memorial Hall 111


PhD, Music Composition and Theory, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Music Composition, Kent State University
BM, Music Education, Kent State University

Teaching Areas

Woodwind Studies Coordinator
Music Theory Coordinator
Music Education Practicum

Campus Involvement

CSC Professors of Jazz
Advising Office
Academic Review
Nebraska Music Educators Association advisor

Professional Activities and Awards

Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators
North American Saxophone Alliance
American Composer's Forum
Frequent clinician, judge, and guest conductor in NE, SD, and WY

Research Interests and Published Works

Music composition and analysis
Self-published scores and recordings available via website below
Dissertation: Two Ways of Looking at Messiaen's "Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jesus"


Michael Stephens was a middle school band director for six years prior to attending Kent State University for his Masters studies. After completing his doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh, Stephens joined the faculty at Chadron State College in 2007. His compositions have been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Ion Sound Project, David Russell, Diba Alvi, and his own jazz fusion group, Osmosis. Stephens performed with numerous jazz, rock, and popular music groups in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, and Osmosis opened for Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Stephens also performed backing jazz greats Clark Terry, Bill Dobbins, and Marian McPartland.

Hobbies and Interests

National parks and nature
The arts and cultural history

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