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Dr. Lias frequently serves as adjudicator, clinician or guest speaker.  He is the Chair of the international judging panel of the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composers' Competition, and served on the 2011 Kazimierz Serocki International Composers’ Competition (Poland).  He has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences on a variety of topics, as well as numerous guest appearances at national parks and community music organizations.

"Stephen is a superb presenter, and he opened up to us the way a composer works."
Recent engagements include:
  • Denali Arts and Humanities Alliance (Alaska)
  • Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (Australia)
  • Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska)
  • Regional Conference of Sigma Alpha Iota (Texas)
  • Instructor for Alaska Geographic's "Composing in the Wilderness" field seminar.
Sample subjects for public talks:
  • Capturing the Spirit of Adventure in Music - Overview of a multi-year project to compose chamber and concert works about the national parks of the United States.
  • Disseminating Music in the Digital Age - As traditional publishers languish, what options are available to composers in today's complicated digital environment?
  • Advice for Young Composers - This can be geared directly to high-school age composers, or to teachers who need guidance with how to provide support and guidance to students with emerging talent.
  • Cross-Pollination in the Arts - What can composers learn from photography, literature, theatre, dance, etc?  Are we all working toward the same thing from different angles?
  • Taking Bold Steps - Aimed at college-level composition students who need some inspirational guidance on how to make wise choices to build their own careers.
  • Composing Incidental Music for Live Theatre - With over 10 years and 30 professional theatrical productions to his credit, Stephen Lias has a wealth of musical examples, scores, andecdotes, and advice about how to negotiate this rewarding and challenging field.

"Totally informative, entertaining and absorbing!"

If you are interested in engaging Stephen Lias as a guest speaker, adjudicator, or clinician, please contact him at or call (936) 468-4056.
Box 13043 - SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 

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