Location: Arkansas, USA
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Joseph Gentry Stephens (b. 1972 – San Angelo, Texas) is an American composer of choral music. His Ubi Caritas was recently published by Alfred Music Publishers, and his catalogue of over forty choral works is distributed via websites StephensMusic.com and MusicSpoke.com. A percussionist since the age of eleven, Stephens played in the school marching, symphonic, and stage bands in the border town of Texarkana, and was a student of local drum legend, Dave Daily. In college, his interest in vocal and choral music led to a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance (University of Arkansas – Monticello) and a Master of Music in choral conducting (University of Northern Colorado). With a philosophy of writing for a global audience, all music by Stephens is first published and distributed at StephensMusic.com (established 1999), and is free to download, print, and copy. Recent commissions include Lauda Sion, commissioned by Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN, and Joy, commissioned by Houston High School, Germantown, TN. His latest work, Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, was selected as a finalist for the Ithaca College 36th Annual Composition Contest.