Stephen Feigenbaum, composer




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Stephen Feigenbaum is an award-winning 24-year-old composer of music for the concert hall and the theater. When he was 19, his Serenade for Strings was recorded by the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel and released on a CD by Telarc. Stephen is a past winner of two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composerawards and the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he won the Albany Symphony Orchestra's Composer to Center Stage competition, which resulted in a reading of his work and mentoring by John Corigliano. The National Public Radio show From the Top has featured Stephen as a composer, and he has appeared as an a cappella singer on The Martha Stewart Show and NBC's The Sing-Off. 

Stephen's music has been heard at Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Jordan Hall and the Hatch Shell in Boston, the Green Room in San Francisco, and international venues. It has received performances by the JACK Quartet, TwoSense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), and Grammy-nominee violinist Caroline Goulding. Stephen was the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and is a past fellow at the Norfolk (Connecticut) Chamber Music Festival. 

At Yale, Stephen created several theatrical productions that combined original instrumental music, stage lighting, elaborate sets, and media effects with loose narratives to tell musical stories that attracted diverse audiences. He also wrote the music for a full-length musical, Independents, which won an Overall Excellence Award for Overall Production at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2012. The show's music was commended in the New York Times (“the smooth sailing of the folkish tunes … evoking sea chanteys and a life of plunder”) and the Huffington Post (“consistently … sophisticated and hummable, ranging from sea shanties to romantic duets …”). 

A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Stephen majored in music at Yale College and received a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. He has studied with Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Gandolfi, Samuel Adler, Claude Baker, Kathryn Alexander, and Rodney Lister.

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Stephen Feigenbaum (b. 1989) is a composer from Winchester, Massachusetts, whose work draws on aspects of popular music, from the grittiest to the most lyrical.

In the summer of 2010, he was the ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine. He also is the 2010 winner of the Sacra/Profana (San Diego) choral composition contest.

A music major at Yale, Stephen has won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and is a past winner of competitions sponsored by the New York Art Ensemble, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.

His compositions have been performed at Jordan Hall and the Hatch Shell in Boston, the Green Room in San Francisco, Lincoln Center and (le) Poisson Rouge in New York, and in cities from Vancouver, to Berlin, to Prague.

One of his works was recorded by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, directed by Erich Kunzel, on a CD released by Telarc in 2009. His compositions also have been performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and by artists including Lisa Moore, Ashley Bathgate, John Pickford Richards, and Caroline Goulding.

At Yale, Stephen conceived Sic Futurisic, the first production of SIC InC, a chamber ensemble that presents high-energy, multimedia shows, including his compositions. A recording of their 2010 concert at (le) Poisson Rouge may be heard on Q2 archives, on the website of WQXR, New York City's classical music station.

When he was in high school, Stephen was interviewed on the National Public Radio program "From the Top," and one of his compositions was performed.

Stephen has studied composition as a fellow at the Norfolk (Connecticut) Chamber Music Festival and the International Summer Music Academy (ISAM) in Michelstadt, Germany. He also has attended the Freie Universität Berlin, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. His composition teachers have included Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, Michael Gandolfi, Samuel Adler, and Claude Baker.

When he's not writing music, Stephen enjoys singing. He has sung with the Yale Camerata, directed by Marguerite Brooks, and he is a member of the Whiffenpoofs, the country's oldest collegiate a cappella group. Stephen regularly composes for musical theater and has been the music director and conductor of numerous college productions. For his achievements in music, he received Yale's Selden award, and for his work as a composer, he won the Cox prize at Yale.


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