Stephen Cabell, Composer
Composition Program Coordinator

Photo: Jim Graham

Stephen Cabell is a Los Angeles-based composer of engaging and arrestingly wrought music that attempts to grab the listener from the very first moments and never let go. His artistic mission is to write music that can be understood and appreciated by both casual and expert listeners. He studied at The Juilliard School with Christopher Rouse, The Curtis Institute of Music with Jennifer Higdon and Richard Danielpour, and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. He is a founding faculty member of the Atlantic Music Festival Composition Program. From 2011-2015, he taught ear training and theory at Manhattan School of Music Precollege and was theory and composition faculty at the Kaufman Music Center in New York. In Fall of 2015, Stephen began pursuit of his DMA at University of Southern California and is currently studying with Andrew Norman.

Stephen has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph H. Bearns Prize in Music from Columbia University, the Prix Nadia Boulanger from the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France, the Marylyn K. Glick Young Composer Award from the Indianapolis Symphony, multiple Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and ASCAP Plus Awards, and is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

His music has been performed and commissioned by leading orchestras and ensembles including the Indianapolis Symphony, Curtis Symphony, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Imani Winds, the Lyra Society of Philadelphia, and pianist Lisa Moore among others. Stephen was awarded a fellowship at the Yaddo artists’ community in 2014, was the Composer-in-Residence at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival in 2007, attended the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France (2008), the Aspen Music Festival (2006-07), and is an associate member of the Random Access Music (RAM) Composers' Collective. Recently, Stephen’s music was presented as part of the Talea Ensemble’s residency at The Stone, the Atlantic Music Festival at Colby College (ME), Queens New Music Festival (NY), and Kettle Corn New Music at the DiMenna Center. Stephen is currently working on a string quartet for the RAM Players.