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Steven Bryant

His compositional virtuosity is evident in every bar.

– John Corigliano

Steven Bryant’s music is chiseled in its structure and intent, fusing lyricism, dissonance, silence, technology, and humor into lean, skillfully-crafted works that enthrall listeners and performers alike. His music for wind ensemble has reshaped the genre, with several works entering the standard repertoire. His seminal work Ecstatic Waters, for wind ensemble and electronics, has become one of the most performed works of its kind in the world, receiving over 250 performances in its first five seasons. Recently, the orchestral version was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra to unanimous, rapturous acclaim.


My music ranges from electronic experiments to works for professional symphony orchestra, from music for middle school band to virtuosic solo pieces, and combinations of all of these with live electronic media. I believe firmly in writing music not only for accomplished musicians, but also for those at the beginning of their musical lives.

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Spring 2018 residencies

February 23, 2018 Uncategorized

I just finished Zeal, a commission for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and will be on the road working with several ensembles this spring. If you’re nearby any of these, come to the concert – would love to meet you!

2/28 – 3/2: IUP Fort Wayne, Indiana
4/1 – 4/2: University of Michigan
4/6-4/7: Detroit Symphony Orchestra – world premiere of Zeal – April 6th, 7th, Leonard Slatkin, conductor (three performances)
4/12 – 4/15: Loyola University, New Orleans – joint residency with Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant
4/26 – 4/29: Illinois State University

New Works

The Low Arc of the Sun, for string orchestra, just premiered by the All-State String Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, is available now!

Miniature Suite – perfect for honor band situations, five short modular works that you can mix and match at will depending on the level of the ensemble. Each can also stand alone.

Commission Opportunity

$250 buy-in (yes, that’s all). New work for winds+electronics. Premieres at CBDNA National by Arizona State University, February, 2019.

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