Stephen Barr is an award-winning composer and conductor working in Pittsburgh, PA. He writes in a variety of mediums, from modern concert music of all genres to contemporary film score and music for media in orchestral and orchestral-electronic hybrid styles. His concert music has been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, American Academy of Conducting Orchestra and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, as well as university instrumental and vocal ensembles, and has appeared on the programs of national and international music conferences.
Stephen is Director of Choirs at Slippery Rock University, where he conducts two choral ensembles, teaches conducting and music theory, and served for two-and-a-half years as the interim conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He holds music degrees from Westminster College, the University of South Florida, and West Virginia University. His primary teachers in composition included John Beall, James Lewis, David Taddie, and Douglas Starr. He has been a resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Aspen Music School and Festival, where he studied composition and film scoring with John Corigliano and Jack Smalley. He has studied conducting with Kathleen Shannon, Don Wilcox, William Wiedrich, Robert Page, and René Clausen.
Stephen’s music is published by See-a-dot Music Publishing, Selah Publishing, ALRY Publications, Euphonium.com, and Murphy Music Press.