Ben Stevenson

Kansas City based composer Ben Stevenson's music has been heard across the United States. His music has been performed at SCI conferences and festivals such as the 2015 Charlotte New Music Festival and 2015 Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and the 2017 June in Buffalo and SPLICE festivals. His sax quartet “…fragments of a narrative…” was chosen as a runner up in the Donald Sinta Quartet’s 2016 National Composition Competition. He has been commissioned by FuseBox New Music, Charlotte New Music Festival, SPLICE, the Missouri Music Teachers Association, trumpeter Alex Caselman and clarinetist/conductor Luis Viquez. His orchestral work Tracer was read by the Kansas City Symphony in 2016 and he has had readings or performances by the PRISM sax quartet, Beo String Quartet, and Ensemble Dal Niente.

He is currently pursuing his DMA in Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he served as Assistant Director of the Musica Nova Ensemble. He earned his Master's degree at UMKC as well, studying with Zhou Long, Chen Yi, James Mobberley, and Reynold Simpson. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville where he studied with Ken Jacobs. He has had lessons or attended masterclasses with Samuel Adler, David Felder, David Dzubay, Jeffrey Mumford, Lawrence Dillon, John Allemeier, Henrik Hellstenius, Eivind Buene, Joshua Levine, Paula Matthusen and Elainie Lillios.