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Professor, Composition

  • D.M.A., Composition, Louisiana State University (1997)
  • M.A., Music, Stephen F. Austin State University (1991)
  • B.S., Music Education, Messiah College (1988)
The works of Stephen Lias have been performed in concert and recital throughout the United States and abroad by soloists and ensembles including The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, The Monmouth College Chorale, The Louisiana Sinfonietta, The Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, the NYU New Music Ensemble, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. His music is published by Conners Publications, Brassworks4, Alry Publications, and Southern Music Publishers. His awards include being selected as the 2003 Commissioned Composer for the Texas Music Teachers Association, and receiving A.S.CAP Standard Awards every year since 1999. In 2006, he was selected as a finalist in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s “Homage to Mozart” composition contest and his piece “Pursued” was performed in Moscow and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. His song cycle “Songs of a Sourdough” was a finalist in the 2008 NATS Art Song Competition and is now available from Centaur Records.

Dr. Lias is also active in the area of theatrical incidental music. He has composed original music for over thirty professional theatrical productions since 1989 including I Hate Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Tempest at Stephen F. Austin State University, and Death of a Salesman at Auburn University at Montgomery. He served for eleven years as Composer in Residence and Music Director at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

As a teacher, Dr. Lias strives to lead his composition students to genuine and artistic musical expression, while incorporating a strong emphasis on contemporary media and cross-disciplinary collaboration. His students have scored films, been commissioned and published, and are the recipients of regional and national awards.

Stephen Lias received degrees from Messiah College, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Louisiana State University. His teachers have included Dinos Constantinides, Dan Beatty, and Darrell Holt. Dr. Lias currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas where he is Coordinator of Music Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a member of A.S.CAP, the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, Inc, and the American Music Center. He serves on both the Texas and National Boards of the National Association of Composers/USA, and is the Founder and Director of The Composer’s Site. He is the Texas delegate to the International Society of Contemporary Music and serves on the editorial board of World New Music Magazine.