Stephen Cabell


Stephen Cabell (b. 1984) is a New York-based composer of sonically engaging and arrestingly wrought music that attempts to grab the listener from the very first moments and never lets go. His artistic mission is to write music that can be understood and appreciated by both casual and expert listeners.


Kentucky born and bred, composer Stephen Cabell's music ranges stylistically from monolithic to delicate and spare. Drawing on a rich background of classical and popular music, and inspired by visual art, literature, and other art forms, Stephen has forged an arresting musical voice through a body of work that spans orchestral, concert band, chamber, vocal, electronic, and film music. His highly-structured and crafted works captivate both casual and expert listeners alike.

Stephen’s music has been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony, Curtis Symphony, USC Thornton Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Unheard-of//Ensemble, the Lyra Society of Philadelphia, Random Access Music Players, AMF Contemporary Ensemble, and American Modern Ensemble. He enjoys collaborating with both established and emerging musicians, including Lisa Moore with Kettle Corn New Music, H. Robert Reynolds, David Fung, Sean Kennard, Alicia Choi, Sean Ritenauer, Futaba Niekawa, Teddy Abrams, Jonathan Schiffman, and Benjamin Schwartz.

Stephen received the Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award from the University of Southern California, the Joseph H. Bearns Prize in Music from Columbia University, the Prix Nadia Boulanger from the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, the Marylyn K. Glick Young Composer Award from the Indianapolis Symphony, two Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and ASCAP Plus Awards. His residencies and fellowships include the Yaddo artists’ community, the American Conservatory of Fontainbleau, France, Lewes Chamber Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival and School, and has served as an associate member of the Random Access Music Composers' Collective in New York City.

Currently serving as faculty and program coordinator at the Mostly Modern Festival Composition Program, he was previously on the faculty of Atlantic Music Festival's Composition Program from 2009-2016. From 2011-2015, he taught ear training and theory at Manhattan School of Music Precollege and held a position on the theory and composition faculty at the Kaufman Music Center. In 2018, Stephen served as Adjunct Faculty of Music Theory at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Stephen thrives on varied interactions with musicians and composers in classroom and private settings.

Stephen studied with Christopher Rouse at The Juilliard School (M.M.) and with Jennifer Higdon and Richard Danielpour at the Curtis Institute of Music (B.M.). He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. at the University of Southern California, where he studied with Andrew Norman and Sean Friar.

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