SEAMUS Past President and current Director of Conferences  

Stephen David Beck

Stephen David Beck (Professor of Composition). Dr. Beck is a composer of electroacoustic music, large ensemble and chamber music, and music for theater. He holds a Ph.D. in music composition and theory from UCLA, where he studied with Henri Lazarof, Elaine Barkin, and Alden Ashforth. Dr. Beck is also Co-director of the Music & Art Digital Studio (MADstudio), a collaborative project with the School of Art, which brings visual and audio artists together in a virtual environment for the creation of digital media. He has received numerous prizes, commissions, grants and awards, most recently winning the G. Schirmer Young American Band Prize for his piece The Wild Rumpus.

His music has been performed throughout the world, including performances at Weill Recital Hall, Sao Paolo Bienal '91, SCREAM Radio Series, Concert Band Directors National Association Biennial, North American Saxophone Alliance, New Music America, World Harp Congress, and on the Triforium Series in Los Angeles. Beck has also presented lectures and papers on his research in interactive computer music at recent meetings of the International Computer Music Association, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), and the Society of Composers, Inc. He also served on the board of officers and as president of SEAMUS