Stephen Ferre

Stephen Gerard Ferre

Assistant Professor Educator

Assistant Professor/Educator, Composition, General Music

Emery Hall


CCM General Studies - 0003

Professional Summary

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)

Positions and Work Experience

1988 -1988 Instructor, Music Theory, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1989 -1989 Assistant Professor (Sabbatical replacement), Composition, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

1992 -1995 Music Engraver, New Notations, London, UK

1995 -1999 Partner, Typesetting Manager, Music engraving, editing, computer and software sales, computer assembly., New Notations, London, UK

1999 -2011 Managing Director, Music engraving, editing, sales, New Notations Computer Services Ltd, York, UK

2012 -To Present President, Music engraving and editing, Notagraphia LLC, Syracuse, NY

2012 -2016 Instructor, Assistant Professor, Composition, Music Theory, Eartraining. Director, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2007 -2008 Music Print Production, Two series of 4 seminars, introducing music-setting software and editing techniques, University of York, York, UK

2006 -2007 Lecturer, Critical Skills, Music IT and Sibelius Software, Trinity College of Music, London, UK


Encyclopedia Article

(2011. ) The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. New York, Oxford University Press

(2001. ) The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. London, Macmillan


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.


Sound Inventors Residential Programme (2004. ) Music Notation Software .Giggleswick School, Settle, UK. Workshop.

Honors and Awards

2017 Travel Grant UC Office of Research Type:Grant

2015 Special Project Grant Grant to facilitate a festival of Nordic music, and to fund a residency of a visiting artist (Jakob Kullberg) Syracuse University, Office of Research Type:Grant


Society for New Music (Social Media Platforms, Program ) Committee Member Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:Regional 2013 -2016

Platform (Program committee, co-founder ) Committee Member Type:Community Service Level:Regional 1990 -1991

Chicago Composers' Consortium (Co-founder ) Board Member Type:Community Service Level:Local 1988 -1990

Post Graduate Training and Education

1991Composition Course, Composition studies with Per Nørgård, Dartington International Summer School, , Dartington, UK

1988Center for Advanced Compositional Studies, Composition seminars with Bernard Rands, Jakob Druckman, Earle Brown, and Earl Kim, Aspen Music Festival, , Aspen, CO

1987Center for Advanced Compositional Studies, Composition seminars with Bernard Rands, Jakob Druckman, Earle Brown, and Earl Kim, Aspen Music Festival, , Aspen, CO

2001Contemporary Performance Course, Britten-Pears School, , Snape, UK