In recent years, Stephen Lias has become more and more focused on being an adventurer-composer. His passion for travel and the outdoors has led him to compose such works as “On the High Chisos,” “Prince William Sound,” “River Runner,” and, most recently, “Kings Canyon.” Continuing this pursuit, he was chosen to be an Artist-in-Residence for Rocky Mountain National Park in 2010 and will write a new trumpet sonata based on locations and experiences in this celebrated park.
As a teacher, Dr. Lias strives to lead his composition students to genuine and artistic musical expression, while incorporating a strong emphasis on contemporary media and cross-disciplinary collaboration. His students have scored films, been commissioned and published, and are the recipients of regional and national awards.
Stephen Lias received degrees from Messiah College, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Louisiana State University. His teachers have included Dinos Constantinides, Dan Beatty, and Darrell Holt. Dr. Lias currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas where he is Professor of Composition and Theory at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a Distinguished Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and a member of ASCAP, the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, Inc, and the American Music Center. He serves on both the Texas and national boards of the National Association of Composers/USA, and is the Founder and Director of The Composer’s Site. He is the Texas delegate to the International Society of Contemporary Music and serves on the editorial board of World New Music Magazine.