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Stephen Anderson (Associate Professor), composer and pianist, has had works performed by ensembles throughout the United States (including performances at CBDNA and ITEMA), and his recordings are published by Summit Records, Albany, and Nagel Heyer Records. As a jazz artist, his Nation Degeneration (2010) and Forget Not (2008) trio CDs each received 4½ stars (out of 5) from the All Music Guide—Forget Not was nominated best jazz “Debut CD” (3rd Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2008)—Nation Degeneration was selected to represent Summit Records at the 53rd Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”—both recordings have been widely performed on radio nationally. Prior to leading his own trio, Anderson was pianist with the Lynn Seaton Trio and appears on two recordings for Nagel Heyer Records, Puttin’ On the Ritz (2005) and Ballads 2006 (compilation CD). Anderson played and recorded with the North Texas One O’clock Lab Band (Lab 2001), and Two O’clock Lab Band (Translucent Two). He has been active as a clinician and performing artist nationally and internationally in recent years, was winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival piano competition (1997), and was the keyboardist for gold-recording (country) artist, Kevin Sharp (1996-1997).
As a composer, Anderson's works have been performed by the West Point Military Academy Band, West Point Jazz Knights, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Montclair State Wind Symphony, Crested Butte Chamber Orchestra, UNC Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the One O’ Clock Lab Band, Two O’clock Lab band, North Carolina Central University Percussion Ensemble, UNC-Charlotte Percussion Ensemble, UNC Wind Ensemble, Duo XXI, and a film score broadcast nationally on PBS. Anderson’s compositions are published by UNC (Northern Colorado) Jazz Press, Cimmarron Music Press, and C. Alan Publications.
Anderson has received two awards from the Barlow Endowment—most recently a commission to compose a piano concerto for Steven Harlos (pianist, Dallas Symphony) and the UNC Symphony Orchestra (premiered April 13, 2010), and previously a commission for the West Point Military Academy Band (2005). Other awards or recognition include: Chapman Family Foundation Teaching Award (2014), Honorable Mention from the International Society of Basses composition contest (2002), Junior Faculty Development Award-UNC Committee on Faculty Research (2008), the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, the UNC Research Council, the “Village Pride, Hometown Hero Award” from 1360 WCHL Chapel Hill Radio (2008), Endeavors magazine feature (2008), and reviews in All about Jazz, Jazz Times, and the All Music Guide (2008), and the PAS Percussive Notes (February 2009).
Anderson earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts (2005), and a Master’s of Music (2000) in composition at the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition at Brigham Young University (1997). He studied composition with Cindy McTee, Joseph Klein, Tom Clark, Joseph Butch Rovan, Phil Winsor, and Paris Rutherford at UNT, and Stephen Jones, David Sargent, Michael Hicks, and Murray Boren at BYU. He studied jazz piano with Dan Haerle and Stephan Karlson at UNT, Dan Waldis at BYU, Gary Freeman at Eastfield College, and Wilson Brown at Ricks College.
Teaching experience includes: Assistant Professor, Composition and Jazz Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill (Fall 2005 to the present), Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at Western Illinois University (2003-2005), Composition Teaching Fellow UNT (2002-2003), Jazz Arranging Teaching Assistant UNT (1999-2002), Piano Instructor UNT Community Music Program (1997-2003), Director of Jazz Combos BYU (1995-1997).
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Selected Videos - Classical Compositions
"Isaiah", an oratorio for SATB choir, string orchestra, and piano. Carolina Choir, Susan Klebanow, Conductor, and Jeanne Fischer, soloist.
Dysfunctional, a Concerto for Piano and Symphony Orchestra
UNC Symphony Orchestra, Tonu Kalam, Conductor; Steven Harlos, piano
Edge, for wind ensemble and electronics
Commissioned by Evan Feldman, Conductor,
University of North Carolina Wind Ensemble, for the
College Band Directors National Association Conference
Kennesaw, Georgia, February 25, 2012
Quest, for Violin and Cello, Anna Cromwell, Mira Frisch at NIU
War Peace (and the pride cycle), a collaborative multi-media work
composed for a UNC faculty chamber ensemble and Max/MSP. Premiered
at the the UNC CHAT Festival 2009. David Tinapple, videographer
Selected Videos - Jazz
Stephen Anderson Trio with Joel Frahm - Sound Pure Studio, Durham, NC
from the Believe CD, Summit Records 2013
Stephen Anderson Trio - Anderson, piano;
Jeffry Eckels, bass; Ross Pederson, drums
- Duo XXI, Metal Cicadas CD, Albany Records 2014 - containing Anderson's Three Vernacular "Songs" for Violin and Cello.
- Isaiah, a seven movement, 49 minute oratorio for SATB choir, string orchestra, and piano – Carolina Choir, Susan Klebanow, Director, Jeanne Fischer, soloist, and Anderson, composer and pianist. Published by Mormon Artists Group (March 2014). The publication includes: CD, DVD, mp3, Full orchestral score 11x17, Choral score 8.5x11, and Book– Writing Isaiah, A Composer’s Journal.
- Stephen Anderson Trio, Believe, with Special Guest, Joel Frahm. Summit Records (February 2013).
- Jim Ketch Quintet, A Distant View – Anderson, piano, Summit Records (January 2012). Reviews in All About Jazz, NewsObserver, Durham Herald Sun, and the Oregon Jazz Society.
- The Brigham Young University jazz band, “Synthesis,” Flying High CD – includes big band scores, Waiting. Tantara Records (2012).
- Duo XXI, Quest: New Music for Violin and Cello CD – includes recent piece composed for the duo, Quest (the title track). Albany Records (released December 2010).
- The Stephen Anderson Trio, Nation Degeneration, Summit Records (released late April 2010). Featuring original compositions by Anderson (Anderson, piano). This international publication also features two of our UNC music students: Andrew Van Tassel (alto saxophone), and Alex Van Gils (composer of “Polyethylene”).
- Concerto for Solo Percussion and Concert Band – full score and reduced score publication, C. Alan Publications. Released at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Conference) November 2009.
- James Ketch Quintet, The Next Set, Summit Records (June 2009) (Anderson, pianist). Received favorable reviews in Jazz Times, Jazz Review.com, and the All Music Guide (4 out of stars).
- The Brigham Young University jazz band, “Synthesis,” High Road CD including Anderson big band scores, Rhyth Migot and Greensleeves. Tantara Records (May 2009).
- Forget Not - The Stephen Anderson Trio. CD release featuring Anderson's compositions (Summit Records 2008).
- Refulgence, for euphonium and piano - score published by Cimarron Music Press(2008).
- Ballads 2006 – compilation CD recording/publication (arrangement, Londonderry Aire – Lynn Seaton Trio), Nagel Heyer Records (2006).
- “Three Elements of Bebop” – article published in Piano Today Magazine (2006).
- Rhyth Migot – big band score, UNC Jazz Press (Spring 2006).
- Time of the End – big band score, UNC Jazz Press (Spring 2006).
- “Three Elements of Bebop” – article published in IAJE NC Winter 2006 Newsletter.
- “Puttin’ On the Ritz” – recording, Lynn Seaton Trio, Nagel Heyer Records (2005).
- Rhyth Migot – recording, On the Horizon, Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra (2005).
Works Composed Since 2005
- (2013-14) Isaiah, a seven movement, 49 minute oratorio for SATB choir, string orchestra, and piano – Carolina Choir, Susan Klebanow, Director, Jeanne Fischer, soloist, and Anderson, composer and pianist. Premiered November 21, 2013, HHA. Recorded November 23, 2013 in Memorial Hall.
- (2012) Edge, for wind ensemble and electronic media, commissioned by Evan Feldman, Conductor, for the University of North Carolina Wind Ensemble. Premiere at UNC (February 21, 2012) and at the College Band Directors National Association Conference/Southern Division at Kennesaw, Georgia, February 25, 2012.
- (2012) New compositions towards forthcoming Stephen Anderson Trio, with Guest (tenor sax) Joel Frahm CD recording (June 2012): Pig Pickin’, I Didn’t Mean That, Nu Millennium, Jury Duty, Tolerance, Squeaky, Believe.
- (2011) Euphētcha, a euphonium feature with wind symphony – commissioned by Jason Ham, euphonium, for the ITEA Northeastern Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference, May 13, 2011, New Jersey, and the Montclair State University Wind Symphony, Thomas McCauley, conductor.
- (2010) Time Passing – new work for big band, for the West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum Competition (The Falcon, Marlboro, NY – January 12-13, 2011).
- (2010) Waiting – new work for big band. Premiered by Anderson and the West Point Jazz Knights at the WPJK Composers Forum (the Falcon, Marlboro, NY – January 12-13, 2011).
- (2010) Three Vernacular “Songs” for Violin and Cello – commissioned by Duo XXI, Anna Cromwell, Mira Frisch for 2010-11 tour and forthcoming Albany Records CD release.
- (2010) Dysfunctional, a concerto for piano and orchestra (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for pianist Steven Harlos [staff pianist, Dallas Symphony] and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Tonu Kalam, Conductor). Premiered April 13, 2010 at Memorial Hall.
- (2010) War Peace, a collaborative multi-media work for flute, violin, cello, piano, percussion, Max/MSP, and video (David Tinapple, videographer, Arizona State University). Funding provided by the Institute of Arts and Humanities. Premiered at the UNC CHAT Festival (university-wide digital arts festival) February 16, 2010, Memorial Hall.
- "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", an arrangement for the Mid American Trumpet Ensemble (MATE). Premiered at the Australian Trumpet Guild (June 2010 Sydney, Australia).
- (2009) Quest, for violin and cello. Commissioned by Duo XXI, Anna Cromwell (Eastern Illinois University) and Mira Frisch (UNC-Charlotte) for a forthcoming Albany Records CD release (contracts signed). Premiered at Winthrop University September 26, 2009 and performed on fall 2009 tour at Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Coe College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the McColl Arts Center (Charlotte, NC).
- (2008-09) Left In a Red State, Count Your Facts, Waiting, Sullivan’s, Serenity, December 2008, Nation Degeneration – compositions for the Stephen Anderson Trio, Nation Degeneration CD (Summit Records, April 2010).
- (2008) Focal Point, for flute and piano. Commissioned by Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Distinguished Professor of Flute (UNC). Premiered at UNC (November 2008) and subsequently performed on the NC-State University Arts NOW Series (January 28, 2009).
- (2007, 2005) Concerto for Solo Percussion and Concert Band (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, New York Colonel Thomas Rotondi Jr., Commander/Conductor, Staff Sergeant Rone Sparrow, percussion). Originally premiered April 13, 2005, Eisenhower Hall, West Point, NY. Subsequently, a new third movement was composed and was premiered by the UNC Wind Ensemble, Michael Votta, conductor, Staff Sergeant, Rone Sparrow, percussion soloist, October 8, 2007, Memorial Hall. Full score and piano reduction published by C-Alan Publications.
- (2006) Greensleeves, arrangement for big band. Commissioned by the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Recorded by Brigham Young University’s “Synthesis” on their High Road CD, Tantara Records (May 2009). Synthesis toured England and Scotland performing Greensleeves (July 2008).
- (2006) “Stella by Starlight,” an arrangement commissioned by Lynn Seaton for Seaton and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Premiered by Lynn Seaton and Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Ronald Neil, Director, Dallas, Texas (February 12, 2006).
- (2006) Lips Co., for percussion ensemble. Performed by the UNC-Charlotte Percussion Ensemble; Rick Dior, director (December 5, 2006) and the North Carolina Central University Percussion Ensemble; Thomas Taylor, director (November 2, 2006).
- (2006) Mobiles, T’so Political,‘em and ‘ems, Understated, Forget Not – compositions for the Stephen Anderson Trio, Forget Not CD, (Summit Records 2008).
Awards and Reviews
- Recipient of the Chapman Family Foundation Teaching Award – UNC (January 2014).
- Nominated for the Board of Governors Teaching Award – (Fall 2013).
- Classical Voice of North Carolina review of the world premiere of Isaiah (November 21, 2013).
- Durham Herald Sun feature article in the “Faith and More” section about Isaiah – Vision of Hope: UNC choir, instrumentalists to premiere ‘Isaiah’ (November 13, 2013).
- University Gazette – Anderson’s New Composition ‘Isaiah’ Premieres Nov. 21.
- Daily Tar Heel article about the Isaiah premiere.
- Raleigh News Observer review of Stephen Anderson Trio Believe CD (April 27, 2013).
- Endeavors Magazine feature – “Believing in the Process” by Mary Lide Parker (April 2013)—the story behind the Stephen Anderson Trio, Believe CD.
- Daily Tar Heel – “UNC Music Professor Debuts Third Album” by Edmond Harrison (March 2013).
- Mountain Times – “A Century of Jazz”, a review of the Blowing Rock Jazz Society Stephen Anderson Trio concert (September 2013).
- Grant – $1,200 from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro for the forthcoming Stephen Anderson Trio CD with Guest, Joel Frahm CD (grant awarded March 2012).
- Jim Ketch Quintet, Distant View CD Reviews (Anderson, piano): All About Jazz – by Nicholas Mondello (January 2012) News Observer – by Owen Cordle (January 2012) Durham Herald Sun – by Cliff Bellamy (January 2012) Jazz Society of Oregon – by Fendel and O’Brien (March 2012)
- Associate Professor Support Program – $6,000 in financial support that will be utilized for the forthcoming Stephen Anderson Trio with Special Guest, Joel Frahm CD recording (recording to take place June26-27, 2012—funding awarded August 2011.
- Summit Records selected Stephen Anderson Trio Nation Degeneration CD to represent the label at the Grammy Awards in “Field 10 – Jazz, Category 47, Best Jazz Instrumental Album.” (53rd Grammy Entry List, p. 14).
- Fanfare Magazine Review of Duo XXI Three Vernacular “Songs” for Violin and Cello CD. Concerning Anderson’s piece, Quest, critic David Deboor Canfield writes, “the most innovative work on the CD, and is really quite striking in its originality” (Issue 34:5 May/June 2011).
- Carolina Arts and Sciences Magazine, Creative Collaborations – article about faculty and students working in the electro-acoustic studio created by Anderson (Spring 2011, p. 14).
- Finalist in the West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum Competition. The Jazz Knights premiered, Waiting, Anderson’s new work for big band, and Anderson performed with the group at The Falcon, Marlboro, NY (January 12-13, 2011).
- Cadence Magazine Review of Stephen Anderson Trio, Nation Degeneration. [Stephen Anderson Nation Degeneration] “will no doubt wind up in the higher echelon of trio releases that have appeared this year (2010)” (quarterly journal, January 2011, p. 247) .
- All Music Guide Review of Stephen Anderson Trio, Nation Degeneration giving the CD 4½ (out of 5) stars (summer 2010).
- “The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today's Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow,” includes an interview with Anderson by author Cicily Janus discussing Anderson’s work. Published by Billboard Books; 1st edition (released July 13, 2010).
- Raleigh News and Observer, “So in Sync, You Suspect a Mind Meld.” Review of Stephen Anderson Trio, Nation Degeneration CD release (July 18, 2010).
- Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (August 2009) – a $3,000 commission to compose a concerto for piano and orchestra, entitled Dysfunctional, for pianist Steven Harlos (staff pianist, Dallas Symphony) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Tonu Kalam, conductor). Premiered April 13, 2010, Memorial Hall at UNC.
- James Ketch Quintet, The Next Set, Summit Records (June 2009) (Anderson, pianist). Received favorable reviews in Jazz Times, Jazz Review.com, and the All Music Guide (receiving 4 out of 5 stars).
- Herald Sun – Stephen Anderson Trio CD release (May 7, 2010)
- UNC Gazette, On the Web – Stephen Anderson Trio CD (April 14, 2010)
- College of Arts and Sciences Feature (April 2010)
- Daily Tar Heel – piano concerto premiere (April 13, 2010)
- Herald Sun – two-page article about the War Peace premiere; CHAT Festival (February 16, 2010)
- Percussive Arts Society – review of Concerto for Solo Percussion and Concert Band in the PAS publication, Percussive Notes (February 2009 issue).
- Recipient of a $7,500 Junior Faculty Development Award from Bernadette Gray-Little, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Chair, Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves for creative activity while at UNC (December 2008). The award will support a second Stephen Anderson Trio CD and a piano concerto composed for Steven Harlos (pianist, Dallas Symphony/director of piano, UNT).
- The Stephen Anderson Trio Forget Not CD was nominated best jazz “Debut CD” in the Village Voice Critic’s Polls by critic W. Royal Stoke (December 2008).
- 1360 WCHL (Chapel Hill Radio) – awarded the “Village Pride, Hometown Hero Award” for artistic work related to Forget Not CD publication (August 7, 2008).
- UNC Endeavors magazine article feature. The article highlights the composition process related to the Forget Not CD (fall 2008 issue).
- Stephen Anderson Trio CD, Forget Not reviews: All Music Guide – reviewer, Scott Yanow, gave the album 4 ½ stars (out of 5) All About Jazz, and Jazz Times.
- Recipient of “The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro - Central Piedmont Region Artist Hub Program" in the amount of $2,000.00 for research/publication towards the Stephen Anderson Trio – Forget Not CD (May 2008).
- Recipient of URC publication grant - $800.00 towards the Forget Not CD (Fall 2007).
- The Stephen Anderson Trio – Forget Not aired on radio stations nationally and internationally (i.e., KSDS 88.3 FM, San Diego; 100.8 Radio JAZZ FM, Macedonia, KKJZ 88.1 FM, Long Beach, CD; WJUF-FM Gainesville, Florida; WSHA 88.9 NC etc. (March-April 2008).
- The Stephen Anderson Trio – Forget Not recognized in the “Decorations and Distinctions” portion of the University Gazette (March 26, 2008) and the College of Arts and Sciences page:
- Authored an article about the SF JAZZ Collective in the Carolina Performing Arts (Program Book 2007/08 Issue 2 pp. 7-8).
- University Research Council Grant (spring 2006).
- Puttin’ On the Ritz – recording, Lynn Seaton Trio, Nagel Heyer Records (published November 2005), received four favorable reviews in major jazz magazines: All About Jazz (Dr. Judith Schlesinger, reviewer), All About Jazz (Marcia Hillman, reviewer), Jazz Times (2006), All About Jazz – December 2005
Into Thine Hand; Jesus the Very Thought of Thee
(sacred choral work) UNC Chamber Singers, Susan Klebanow, Director
Stephen Anderson Trio - Anderson, piano
Jeffry Eckels, bass; Ross Pederson, drums