Stephen Lilly


Screen Name

Stephen Lilly


Performer, Composer, Audience


Sound artist, composer, bass player, performer, audio engineer, no account


Primary Study

Composition, DAW Software, Double Bass, Ear Training, Orchestration, Score Analysis, Solfege, Theory

Other Study

Computer Sound Synthesis, Digital Signal Processing, Computer Languages (C++, Java)


Classical, Contemporary, Improvisation, Theater

Other genre

Experimental, Performance Art





I always have room for the right student

Lesson type

Online lessons

About Me



Stephen Lilly ( is a composer, performer, audio engineer, and sound artist.  Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Stephen ventured east to study composition at the University of Maryland.  In addition to his graduate degrees from UMD, he also has composition and bass performance degrees from the University of Idaho and spent a year studying at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague. Theatricality, language, and abstraction are themes that continually resurface in his work, the majority of which is scored for chamber ensembles, often incorporating signal processing and computer generated sounds.  Stephen has written works for CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) Bristol, pianist Hayk Arsenyan, saxophonist Steven Leffue, and soprano Stacey Mastrian and has worked closely with a collective of composer-performers he helped found, the Bay Players Experimental Music Collective. His writings on contemporary experimental music have been published in Organised Sound, Performance Research, Perspectives of New Music, and Computer Music Journal.  Recordings of his compositions are available from ink&coda, the SEAMUS Electroacoustic Miniatures Recording Series, the SCI CD Series, and C7 Music and recordings he has engineered have been released on Neuma, Navona, and Albany Records. Stephen currently lives in DC where composes and performs (most often with the band These Quiet Colours).




University of Maryland
D.M.A. in Music Composition (May 2004)
M.M. in Music Composition (May 2001)
Instructors: Thomas DeLio and Mark Wilson


Institute of Sonology, Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague, Netherlands)
Sonology Course (August 2005 – July 2006)
Instructor: Paul Berg


University of Idaho
B.M. in Music Composition and Contrabass Performance (May 1999)

Honors, Awards and Certificates


2016 Jack Straw Artist Support Program Residency
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: for Now Chamber Players Call for Scores (one of fifteen pieces selected)
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Hyak Arsenyan Call for Scores (one of fifteen pieces selected)
CoMA 21st Birthday Celebration Competition (one of five pieces selected)
2011 DMC Duo Call for Scores (only piece selected)
2009 Affinity Chamber Players Call for Scores (one of three pieces selected)
2004 Walsum Award Winner
2002 Walsum Award Winner
Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Maryland
University of Maryland Graduate Fellowship
Theodore Presser Scholar

Professional Memberships


College Music Society
Society of Composers, Inc.
Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States

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