Stephen Wood is a composer, educator, and performer with a holistic view of the world. His visionary “Inspiring Stewardship” educational workshop is receiving national interest for it’s fusion of music, creativity, and environmental studies.
Traveling the United States in search of inspiration from our Country’s wildest places Stephen has served as Composer- in-Resident for Cumberland Island National Seashore, the Okefenokee N.W.R., the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Red River Gorge Geological Area, and participated in Denali N.P.’s monumental Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar.
Wood’s compositions are regularly performed by professional and student ensembles in alternative performance venues and site specific environmental locations. Stephen’s contemporary classical, jazz, and afro-cuban compositions can be heard on three CD’s available through his website and online stores. Stephen received his B.A. in Composition from The Ohio State University and his M.M. in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.
Born: September 1, 1977
Address: 930 Greenwood Ave Apt 2 Atlanta, GA 30306
Contact: cell phone – (614) 353-4974 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2010 – July 2012: Master of Music, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA Area of Focus: Jazz Studies Other relevant studies: Jazz Piano Performance, Pedagogy, Composition, and Arranging
January 2000 – December 2001: Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Area of Focus: Music Composition Other relevant studies: Classical and Jazz Piano Performance
September 1996 – May 1999: University of Montana, Missoula, MT Area of Focus: Music Composition Other relevant studies: Classical Piano Performance, Music Production, Audio Engineering
Select Work Experience:
May 2015 – present.: Inspiring Stewardship – an educational workshop helping students develop a creative awareness of nature and environment. Combining musical composition and environmental studies the IS core topics are 1. How to be inspired by nature. 2. Listening to the world around us and the music in nature. 3. Creating a Soundscape Orchestra.
October 2014 – present: The Lovett School – piano instructor for individual students
September 2012 – Present: Stephen Wood Music – Atlanta, GA; private piano instructor, travel to students home throughout Atlanta
August 2012 – 2014: Ben Franklin Academy – piano, theory, and composition instructor for individual students.
Workshops, Festivals, and Guest Artistry
May – September 2016. Daniel Boone National Forest Artist in Resident. Artist in Resident at the Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone N.F. Kentucky. Recipient of the National Parks “Every Kid in the Park” grant. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Preservation Heritage Act and Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service. The residency was a year long collaboration that included a two week artist residency, a week of Inspiring Stewardship workshops in elementary schools, a featured performance at the “Living Archaeology Weekend”, and two compositions for string quartet and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra.
June 2016. Cumberland Island National Seashore. A three- week residency was created in honor of the Centennial Anniversary of the National Parks. The residency was designed with CUIS Chief of Interpretation as a Pilot Program for a future permanent AiR program. This was the first official National Park Artist Residency on Cumberland Island.
July 2015. The Denali Music Festival. Featured Composer with world premiere of “Teklanika” for string orchestra by the Denali Chamber Orchestra. Denali National Park, Alaska.
July 2015. World Listening Day. Denali N.P., AK. Public Outreach Assistant for the Denali N.P. Soundscape Technician. Helped run an information booth at the Denali N.P. Visitors Center celebrating World Listening Day and informing the public about Soundscape Ecology.
September – October 2014. Within the Lines Art Exhibit and Discussion. Asheville, NC. Guest Panelist and Composer for a the 4 part series addressing our contemporary relationship with Wilderness. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Presented by The Wilderness Society.
August 2014. Artist-Wilderness Connection Residency. Composer in Resident at the Bob Marshal Wilderness Complex, Montana. Composing music for the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Residency resulted in two compositions for middle school string orchestra and saxophone quartet. The compositions were both premiered in Missoula, MT during the “Inspiring Stewardship” workshop.
March 2014. Composer in Residence at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness Area. The first Official Artist-in-Residence at the Okefenokee NWR. The residency was created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The residency resulted in two compositions for clarinet trio and soprano saxophone with strings. Both composition were premiered in Atlanta, GA during the Wilderness Act Performance Series.
July 2012, 2013, & 2014 – Fairbanks, Alaska Summer Arts Festival, “Composing in the Wilderness” Field Seminar. A wilderness composition Field Seminar in Denali N.P. and Yukon- Charley Rivers Preserve.
2005, Fisk University Spring Music Festival. Guest Artist, Composer, and Performer. Presented a composition master class, composed a commissioned work for the Fisk Jazz ensemble, and performed with the ensemble on the festival concert.
2004, Bach Contemporary Music Festival, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. I was a select participant in the two-week Composition Seminar in conjunction with the BCMF. The seminar included master classes with Krystof Penderecki and George Crumb and private lessons with UO professors Robert Kyr and David Crumb.
Independent Composer and Performer
January – December 2015. Music for the Seasons. A year long collaboration with Atlanta cellist Jean Gay presenting solo cello concerts on each seasons Equinox and Solstice. I have composed a solo cello work for each season and concert.
March 2015. Monadnock Muse: Connecting Art and Earth. Atlanta, GA. As organizer, director, and composer I lead the audience on a creative exploration of Arabia’s spectacular and arcane ecosystem. The 2 mile long “Art Hike” presented site-specific works by two composers, a poet, photographer, and visual artist who were directly inspired by their experiences at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Preserve.
September 2014. The Wilderness Act Performance Series. Atlanta, GA. A City-wide artistic and musical celebration of the Wilderness Act Performance Series involving 5 Nature Preserves and 23 composers and artists. A year long collaboration with Nature Preserves, Wilderness Areas, Artists, Composers, Performers, The Wilderness Society, and the U.S. Forest Service. In honor and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
February 2014. Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia. Featured Workshop Presenter about being inspired by nature, creating educational programming for arts and environment and listening to the world around us.
June and August 2013. Sentience: A Compassionate Sound Wave; Atlanta, GA, An independently produced concert featuring my classical chamber compositions inspired by Earth’s natural processes, plant-life as sentient beings, and our Human existence in the phenomenal world.
2013 – present. Chlorophyll: A Naturalist’s Quartet. Chlorophyll is a jazz quartet dedicated to the performance of music inspired by meditations on Plant Life, Earth’s Natural Processes, and our Human Relationship to our Environment. Featuring my original compositions the instrumentation is Fender Rhodes, electric bass, woodwinds (clarinets, flute, saxophones), congos and other percussion.
2005 – present. The Stephen Wood Ensemble. I am the director, composer, performer, and booking agent for this modern jazz ensemble. The ensemble ranges in size from a quartet to a tenet.
2016 – present. “Untrammeled”. Release date Spring 2017. A compilation of Wilderness compositions inspired by the Wilderness Areas visited in recent areas. The cd will be used to raise awareness for how federally designated Wilderness Areas help maintain healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities.
2014. “Chlorophyll” The Stephen Wood Quartet. Produced and Released by BeHip Records; Atlanta, GA. All compositions by Stephen Wood
2006. “Inaudible,” The Stephen Wood Ensemble. Produced and composed all the music for a full- length cd featuring The Stephen Wood Ensemble. Recorded and Mastered by Joe Veirs at John Schwab Studios in Columbus, OH.
2004. “Theory of Chaconne,” Postal. Produced and composed all the music for a full length cd featuring the organ groove band Postal. Recorded and Mastered by Jose Gonzalez at Supraphonic Studios in Columbus, OH.
Grants and Awards
2016. NPS “Every Kid in the Park” grant. Funded Inspiring Stewardship’s collaboration with the Daniel Boone N.F. for the Red River Gorge/Living Archaeology Artist Residency and Educational Outreach.
2015. Arabia Mountain Heritage Alliance Honorarium. Supported the art hike and performance Monadnock Muse at the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Preserve, GA
2015. Northrup Grumann Foundation Grant. Supported the Wilderness Act Performance Series for it’s work in bringing arts and environmental education to underserved urban communities.
2014. Roswell Arts Commission Award. In collaboration with the Chattahoochee Nature Center honoring the Wilderness Act Performance Series community engagement through the Arts and environmental awareness.
2014. Arabia Mountain Heritage Alliance Honorarium. Supported the Wilderness Act Performance Series at Davidson-Arabia Mountain.
Non-Musical Qualities and Achievements
Obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, avid naturalist and environmentalist, organic gardener, chess enthusiast.