DMA Program (University of Illinois), Teaching Assistant | Athletic Bands
Artist's BiographySaxophonist Stephen Lewis (b.1987) has been well established as a performer of classical and contemporary literature for the saxophone. Since his first studies with Calgary-based educator Brendan Hagan, Stephen went on to study saxophone performance at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) with Wendell Clanton, and receive a Bachelor of Music Degree with distinction. He received a Master of Music Degree in performance from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in saxophone performance and literature at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) with Professor Debra Richtmeyer. In summer of 2006, he studied at the UniversitÃ© EuropÃ©enne de Saxophone in Gap, France, and worked in masterclasses with Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Jean-Denis Michat, Julien Petit, and Damien Royannais. He has also had the opportunity to work with Jean-Marie Londeix, Eugene Rosseau, Otis Murphy, John Sampen, and Michael Ibrahim.
He was the soprano saxophonist in the Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet, principal saxophonist in the University of Victoria and University of Alberta wind ensembles, and is currently the principle saxophonist in the Alberta Winds, a semi-professional wind ensemble based out of Calgary, Canada. Mr. Lewis is the only saxophonist to win the University of Victoria School of Music Concerto Competition. Later, he went on to be a finalist in the Victoria Symphony Young Artistsâ€™ Concerto Competition, a finalist in the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, and a winner of the Sidney Classical Orchestra Concerto Competition. He is a two-time winner of the University of Alberta Concerto Competition and performed Tomasi\'s Concerto for Saxophone with the University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Glazunov\'s Concerto in Eb with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, both in the Winspear Centre for Music. Stephen has also performed as a guest artist with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, Sidney Classical Orchestra, the University of Victoria Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Winds. He has won numerous scholarships and awards in music festivals including the Goodwin Memorial Medal for most outstanding saxophone performance in the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival. He performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, and has performed solo works at regional, national, and international conferences throughout Canada, the United States, France, and Thailand (Bangkok).
As an advocate for the creation of new music and with saxophone on the leading edge of electro-acoustic compositions, he has and will be performing works on various recitals in the upcoming year that deal with saxophone and its application in electronic music, primarily through the use of MAX/Msp program. Other new techniques will be explored, including the use of both MIDI and \"wah-wah\" pedals in changing saxophone timbre.