Erich Stem’s music has been described as “sophisticated and intriguing” (Washington Post) and “unique and beautiful” (Boston Theatre Review) and has been performed in the U.S. and in Europe by groups such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, counter) induction, Cadillac Moon Ensemble and the Juventas New Music Ensemble. Stem’s chamber music has been recorded on labels such as Living Artist Recordings and Challenge Records and has appeared on several regional and national radio programs including The Latest Score, Brave New World, FOLDOVER, Vast Field and WCVE's Classical Music with Bobbie Barajas. Today, Stem continues to write for some of the most recognized ensembles and artists including the SOLI Chamber Ensemble and flutist Lindsey Goodman.
Throughout his career, Stem has received awards and grants for his music from a variety of organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, ASCAP, University of Maryland, Kentucky Arts Council, and Indiana University. He is the founder and artistic director of New Dynamic Records, a new record label produced by Indiana University Southeast for the purpose of discovering, recording, and distributing works by composers of our time. Stem holds degrees from James Madison University (BM '96) and the University of Maryland (DMA '03) and is currently an associate professor of music and resident composer at Indiana University Southeast.
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