The Music of Stephanie K. Andrews
Beautiful music has the rare ability to bring about Divine Presence, and it’s this notion that inspires me to create compositions that have been described as evocative, hauntingly beautiful, and powerful. Having started composing at the age of 18, I love the idea of being to able to make people feel truly alive through music. Since childhood, I’ve looked for musical inspiration from the world around me. I see exploring my unique compositional voice as a lifelong process.
A Look at Stephanie K. Andrews, composer
"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven
A composer, church musician, and educator, I began composing at the age of 18 and have taught piano, voice, elementary general music and movement, and elementary and middle school choir for over twenty-five years. I currently reside in Austin, Texas, and am on staff at Clearview Sudbury School in Austin, Texas. At Baylor University in Waco, Texas, I received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a music specialization in 1990 as well as a Master of Music Education degree in 2006. In 2011, I completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. I have studied composition with Dr. Scott McAllister at Baylor University in Waco and Dr. Rachel McInturff at Armstrong Community Music School in Austin. Coming up in May 2020, a newly commissioned piece entitled "Dark Blue Vista" will be performed by Austin's Tapestry Singers. School choirs, church choirs, Vox Nova Chorale of St. Paul, MN, Cheyenne Chamber Chorus of Cheyenne, WY, Nodaway Chorale of Maryville, MO, and Chorus Austin and Inversion Ensemble of Austin, TX are among the ensembles that have performed my compositions. My first published piece, "On Compassion," was printed by E. C. Schirmer in 2017. During the summer of 2019, I was granted a scholarship to attend the PREMIERE|Project Festival as a Composition Fellow by Choral Arts Initiative in Newport Beach, California, and I also participated in the Space City New Music Festival in Houston. Recently, Inversion Ensemble Da Capo's recording of my piece "O Sacrum Convivium" was selected for inclusion on Petrichor Records' forthcoming album New Music by Living Composers. I have been a singer and composer with Austin's own Inversion Ensemble since 2017. I am the proud mother of two amazing young men, Joshua and John Caleb.
- The Dream of Icarus
- Chorus Austin
“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” These words from composer Robert Schumann serve as a philosophical underpinning for composing music that has been described as ethereal, spiritual, and transcendent. Although my work is primarily focused in the sacred choral music genre, incorporating texts from luminaries such as the Dalai Lama and Maria Rainer Rilke and sacred sources including holy scripture, I have also written secular choral music and instrumental music, including a 2019 piece for flute, violin, and vibraphone entitled "Kings Point Suite." Notions that inform my work include a compositional style created by Arvo Pärt that is known as tintinnabuli, Gregorian and Anglican chant, the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education, and the music of a number of women composers including Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, and Hildegard von Bingen.
Most Recent Work
Projects that I have undertaken include chamber works for choir and string quartet as well as a song cycle. My passion for creating music that is fresh, emotive, and spiritually compelling makes me stand out. Check out what I’ve been working on recently.
Latest Audio Release
"O Sacrum Convivium" performed by Inversion Ensemble Da Capo, July 13, 2019, Austin, Texas. Adrienne Pedrotti Bingamon, director.