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.


Los Angeles-based 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, and vocal music. His highly-structured and crafted works captivate both casual and expert listeners alike.

Stephen’s music has been commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony, Curtis Symphony, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Imani Winds, the Lyra Society of Philadelphia, and the Random Access Music Players. He collaborates with both distinguished and established musicians as well as emerging musicians of his generation, including Lisa Moore with Kettle Corn New Music, H. Robert Reynolds, David Fung, Sean Kennard, Bianca Garcia, Alicia Choi, Sean Ritenauer, Futaba Niekawa, Teddy Abrams, and Benjamin Schwartz. His work has been recently performed at concerts of the Atlantic Music Festival at Colby College (ME), the Queens New Music Festival (NY), and Kettle Corn New Music at the DiMenna Center (NY). In 2017, his work will be premiered by the University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble and Unheard-of//Ensemble.

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, multiple 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. He is an associate member of the Random Access Music Composers' Collective.

A founding faculty member of the Atlantic Music Festival Composition Program since 2009, Stephen not only assists in the design of the program, but also leads seminars, teaches private lessons, and organizes premieres of student works. 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.

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 studies with Andrew Norman and Sean Friar.

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