24-year-old American composer Stephanie Ann Boyd endeavors to write music that brings whimsical worlds to life, that is meaningful to audience and performer alike, and that refreshes and strengthens the creative spirit. A master's student at the New England Conservatory, her 2014/2015 season features premieres of several orchestral and chamber works, and concerts in many states and several countries. She is co-director of Tuesday Night New Music, NEC's composers' concert series. Last season Stephanie was the Composer Fellow for Collage New Music in Boston, Composer in Residence for Gurrie Middle School in Chicago, and Composer in Residence at the International Music Academy of Cremona in Italy. Commissions included works for the Meadowlark Trio, the Jennifer Fischer Trio, the street musician Violin Monster, Collage New Music, and others. An advocate of the innate creativity in young people, she has brought composition programs to music festivals in three countries and teaches via skype a studio of international young composers. A two-time winner of the CCPA Vector Project created by Cliff Colnot, Stephanie’s music has been played on radio stations such as Chicago’s 98.7 WFMT and WRBC The Blaze Radio. Her orchestral music has been performed by the JVL Festival Orchestra, the Cremona Academy Festival Orchestra, the CCPA Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy-winning Pioneer Symphony Orchestra, and Eighth Hour Encore. She has written music for masterclasses with Fulcrum Point, Gaudete Brass, the Orion Ensemble, the Biava String Quartet, members of Eighth Blackbird, and others. Boyd has studied with Ming-Hsiu Yen, Stacy Garrop, Mischa Zupko, Kyong Mee Choi, and Malcolm Peyton. Her string orchestra works are being published by TRN Music, and she is a student of Kati Agócs. When not composing, Ms. Boyd secretly enjoys screaming trumpet music, openly enjoys John William Waterhouse paintings, and will never pass up a London Fog latte.
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