The music of Stephen Lias is regularly performed in concert and recital throughout the United States and abroad by soloists and ensembles including The Louisiana Sinfonietta, the NYU New Music Ensemble, XPlorium Ensemble, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. His music is published by Conners Publications, ALRY Publications, Brassworks 4, Cimarron Music Press, and Warwick Music, and his song cycle Songs of a Sourdough is available on Centaur Records. In 2011 his work Mélange of Neumes was voted Best New Published Work by the National Flute Association, and his pieces are regularly featured at major national and international conferences including the International Trumpet Guild, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the ISCM World Music Days. He was selected as the 2003 Commissioned Composer for the Texas Music Teachers Association, and has received ASCAPlus Awards every year since 1999. In 2006, he was a finalist in the "Homage to Mozart" composition contest and his piece Pursued was performed in Moscow and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Lias is also active as a composer of theatrical incidental music and served for eleven years as Composer in Residence and Music Director at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Recently, Stephen has become increasingly focused on being an adventurer-composer. His passion for wilderness and outdoor pursuits has led to a growing series of works about the national parks of the US. He has had residencies at Rocky Mountain, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and has written over a dozen park-related pieces that have been premiered at conferences and festivals in such places as Colorado, Texas, Sydney, and Taiwan. His most recent composition, The Ghosts of Mesa Verde, was premiered at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, and upcoming performances include Glacier Bay with the East Texas Symphony, and Gates of the Arctic with the Boulder Philharmonic. He is the founder and leader of Alaska Geographic's annual "Composing in the Wilderness" field seminar.
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 Professor of
Composition and Theory at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a Distinguished Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and a member of ASCAP, NACUSA, the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, Inc, and the American Composers Forum. He is the Texas delegate to the International Society of Contemporary Music and serves as the Chair of the judging panel for the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composers Award. He currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas where he is Professor of Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University.
When not composing and teaching, Stephen enjoys reading, backpacking,
kayaking, skiing, travel, and