Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Employee Profile


Michael Stephens

Communication, Music, Art, & Theatre - Music

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
Music Theory
Music Education Practicum
Music Composition

Campus Involvement

CSC Jazz Band
Rank Promotion and Tenure Commitee

Professional Activities and Awards

Recent activities include:
Commisioned composer for the Bluffs Middle School Band - 2018
Nebraska Music Teachers Association featured composer- 2017
UNK New Music Festival, selected composer- 2017 and 2015

Research Interests and Published Works

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 has been with CSC for over ten years, teaching courses in music theory, composition, woodwinds, education, and jazz studies. As a composer, Stephens frequently has works performed across the United States, including a variety of commissions and festivals, with featured performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Ion Sound Project, David Russell, Diba Alvi, and his own music groups. Stephens also remains active as a saxophonist, performing with other CSC faculty and making guest appearances with numerous local bands. Earlier in his career, Stephens performed with numerous jazz, rock, and popular music groups in Northeast Ohio, and opening 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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