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Stephen Gerard Ferre

Title: Assistant Professor/Educator, Composition, General Music
Office: 5218 Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-6330

Stephen Ferre is a composer, arranger and music engraver, as well as conductor and performer on trombone and euphonium.

As a music engraver, he founded New Notations Computer Services Ltd. in 1999, and typeset works by notable composers such as Per Nørgård, Poul Ruders, Bent Sørensen, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Nyman, Brian Ferneyhough and Peter Maxwell Davies, as well as parts of the Carl Nielsen Edition and the Chopin Urtext Edition. He also gave seminars on music publishing (University of York) and music IT (Trinity College of Music, London).

Ferre was a trombonist in the Britten-Pears Orchestra from 1999-2002, and bass-trombonist in the Orchestra of the City in London from 2002-06. Before returning to the US in 2012, he freelanced in York, England, playing primarily in the York Guildhall Orchestra, York Opera and the Academy of St. Olaves. Before coming to CCM, he taught Music Theory and Composition at Syracuse University where he also directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has also conducted and performed in ensembles for the Society for New Music.

Ferre has concentrated his compositional efforts on works for larger forces. His output includes three Symphonies, Oyre’s Garden, Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra (InfernoPurgatorio, and Paradiso, after Dante) and concertos for euphonium, flute (In a Dream), alto saxophone (From Her Husband’s Hand) and violin (A Point of Amber Light). In 1999 he was a featured composer at the Baldwin-Wallace College Focus Festival. Recently, he has spent much of his time arranging works of Per Nørgård for Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen, notably Helle Nacht (Violin Concerto No. 1), the recording of which has received critical acclaim (BIS-CD-1872). His original compositions are published by Notagraphia LLC.


  • DMA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1988 (Composition and Music Theory).
  • MMA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1985 (Composition and Music Theory).
  • BME, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH, 1983 (Music Education).


Encyclopedia Articles

  • (2011). Augusta Read Thomas. The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed.
  • (2001). Augusta Read Thomas. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed.

    Presentations & Lectures

    Invited Presentations

    • British Music Information Centre (2002). State of the Nation South Bank Centre, London, UK.
    • Association of British Orchestras, British Association of Concert Agents (1992). Internet Applications for Music Administration and Management South Bank Centre, London, UK.
    • American Symphony Orchestra League (1987). Composing in Chicago Chicago, IL, USA.


    • (2004). Music Notation Software. Giggleswick School, Settle, UK.

    Creative Works


    • 2017. Inner Sanctum. Carrier Theater. Syracuse, NY, USA.
    • 2016. Labyrinth. Everson Museum. Syracuse, NY, USA.
    • 2016. Dystopian Sunrise (with Clouds). Norwegian Academy of Music. Stavanger, Norway.


    • 2016. Paradiso. Setnor Auditorium. Syracuse, NY.
    • 2014. From Her Husband's Hand. Setnor Auditorium. Syracuse, NY, USA.
    • 2006. Oyre's Garden. St John's Smith Square. London, UK.
    • 2015. Remembering the Night Sky. Unitarian Universalist Church. Syracuse, NY, USA.
    • 1999. Inner Sanctum. Kulas Auditorium. Berea, OH, USA.
    • 1997. Inferno. Kulas Auditorium. Berea, OH, USA.
    • 1987. Symbols and Signs. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Evanston, IL USA.

    Honors & Awards

    • Travel Grant, 2017. UC Office of Research.
    • Special Project Grant, Syracuse University, Office of Research, 2015. Grant to facilitate a festival of Nordic music, and to fund a residency of a visiting artist (Jakob Kullberg).

    Experience & Service

    Work Experience

    • 1988 to 1988, Instructor, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
    • 1989 to 1989, Assistant Professor (Sabbatical replacement), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.
    • 1992 to 1995, Music Engraver, New Notations, London, UK.
    • 1995 to 1999, Partner, Typesetting Manager, New Notations, London, UK.
    • 1999 to 2011, Managing Director, New Notations Computer Services Ltd, York, UK.
    • 2012 to To Present, President, Notagraphia LLC, Syracuse, NY.
    • 2012 to 2016, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
    • 2007 to 2008, Music Print Production, University of York, York, UK.
    • 2006 to 2007, Lecturer, Critical Skills, Trinity College of Music, London, UK.

    Post Graduate training and Education

    • 1991, Composition Course, Dartington International Summer School, Dartington, UK.
    • 1988, Center for Advanced Compositional Studies, Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO.
    • 1987, Center for Advanced Compositional Studies, Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO.
    • 2001, Contemporary Performance Course, Britten-Pears School, Snape, UK.


    • Committee Member, Society for New Music Social Media Platforms, Program, 2013 to 2016
    • Committee Member, Platform Program committee, co-founder, 1990 to 1991
    • Board Member, Chicago Composers' Consortium Co-founder, 1988 to 1990