Setnor School of Music
Instructor, Music Composition, Theory, and History
Stephen Ferre teaches music theory and composition at the Setnor School of Music, where he also directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Ferre is a composer, arranger, and music engraver, as well as a performer on trombone and euphonium. He attended Baldwin-Wallace College (B.M.E.) and Northwestern University (M.M., D.M.A.), studying primarily with Loris Chobanian, Alan Stout, and Bill Karlins, followed by further studies with Bernard Rands, Jakob Druckman, and Per Nørgård at Aspen and Dartington. He taught at Columbia College in Chicago and Eastern Illinois University before moving to Britain in 1989. In the UK he gave seminars on music publishing (University of York) and music IT (Trinity College of Music, London).
As a music engraver, Ferre founded New Notations Computer Services Ltd. in 1999 and typeset works by such notable composers as Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Nyman, Brian Ferneyhough, and Peter Maxwell Davies, as well has parts of the Carl Nielsen Edition and the Chopin Urtext Edition.
Ferre was a trombonist in the Britten-Pears Orchestra from 1999-2002 and bass-trombonist in the Orchestra of the City in London from 2002-2006. Before returning to the U.S. in 2012, he freelanced in York, England, playing primarily in the York Guildhall Orchestra, York Opera, and the Academy of St Olaves.
Ferre has concentrated his compositional efforts on works for larger forces. His output includes three symphonies, Oyre’s Garden, three pieces for chamber orchestra (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, after Dante), and concertos for euphonium and flute (In a Dream), alto saxophone (From Her Husband’s Hand), and violin (A Point of Amber Light). In 1999, he was a featured composer at the Baldwin-Wallace College Focus Festival. Recently he has spent much of his time arranging works of Per Nørgård for Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen, notably Helle Nacht (Violin Concerto No. 1), the recording of which has received critical acclaim (BIS-CD-1872). His original compositions are published by Notagraphia LLC, his new U.S.-based music engraving firm.