Stephen Ferre - Composer

Photo © 1999 by Madeleine Ladell

Stephen Ferre is an American composer who has lived in the UK since 1989. He attended Baldwin-Wallace College and Northwestern University, studying primarily with Alan Stout and Bill Karlins with further studies with Bernard Rands, Jakob Druckman and Per Nørgård. He taught briefly at Columbia College in Chicago and Eastern Illinois University. After moving to Britain, he was involved in a variety of activities, including setting up the concert series Platform in 1990. In 1999 he was a featured composer at the Baldwin-Wallace College Focus Festival. He now works as a music engraver for his company New Notations Computer Services Ltd, and as a freelance trombonist. He was a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra from 1999-2002, and bass-trombonist in the Orchestra of the City in London from 2002-2006. Before returning to the US, he freelanced in York, playing in the York Symphony Orchestra, York Opera, and The Academy of St Olaves. He currently resides in Syracuse, NY and teaches at Syracuse University.

Ferre has concentrated his compositional efforts on works for larger forces. His output includes three Symphonies, Oyre’s Garden, Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, after Dante), and concerti for euphonium, flute (In a Dream), alto saxophone (From Her Husband’s Hand) and violin (A Point of Amber Light). 

Scores and demo recordings are available upon request. Please email stevef@newnotations.co.uk.

Here’s a little midi-ditti to listen to just for fun. It’s a sketch of a new jazz piece that I’m experimenting with. At the moment it’s called Angry Young Man, but that will probably change.

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