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Naomi Stephan

Location: Germany



My mission is to transform poetry of highest quality into choral and vocal music which inspires, enlightens and elevates the spirit. I want listeners to feel connected to their source, to reflect on the poetic message and thereby find meaning and connection to their lives. 

Finally, I want my music to promote community engagement through choral singing, foster love of melody and harmony, and to be a role model for young people, especially girls, who might be motivated to compose or perform choral music as their calling.

 My background is choral/vocal, and spans solo and group performing of church music, oratorios, art songs, opera, medieval music, madrigals and contemporary music. I particularly like to write for women's voices, using their full range, beyond just Treble Clef. 

I began my musical career as a singer, receiving two Fulbright scholarships in Voice, and a B.A. in Voice from the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. Later I pursued an academic career in interdisciplinary studies of German and Music. I was awarded a German Government Grant (DAAD) to write a dissertation on the Songs of Robert Schumann set to poems of Heinrich Heine.. In the 1990's I transitioned to composing choral music. I am particularly interested in using unusual combinations of voices and instruments, combining neo-medieval styles with fugal, percussive, and rhythmic experimentation while steadfastly maintaining a modal, tonal or harmonically-based foundation to my choral writing.

Many of my choral compositions are commissions, and/or winners of competitions. My first composition, Spring Song, was the only one by a living woman composer to be played at the Chorus America Convention in L.A. in 1993. With the help of a grant from the Thanks Be to Grandmother Foundation and the City Of Ventura, CA, I was able to produce two West Coast Premieres of Mater in Memoriam for Irene, one with SSAA and Chamber Ensemble, and the other performance with SSAA, Horn, Flute, Vibraphone and Piano. The work is also available for SSAA and Piano. Click on "Clips" to hear excerpts of the Chamber Ensemble performance on my web site

I have been selected twice by the Foundation of Women in Music (Donne in Musica) for their Christmas performances in Rome. Contact for more information.

My music has been performed throughout the United States, and in Europe, where I am now living, at competitions, choral festivals, and by individual choruses. I am a member of the International Association of Women Composers and ASCAP.


To contact me for commissions, or to write for your chorus or special events:


Dr. Naomi Stephan


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