hails from a historic village in the idyllic hills of upstate New York, and now lives among the parks and promenades of Cleveland, Ohio. As of spring 2019, he serves as a Teaching Fellow in the SAGES undergraduate writing program at Case Western Reserve University, as well as a Senior Lecturer in music literature at the University of Akron School of Music. From 2017-2018, he taught music history and musicological methodology at CWRU and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also earned a Ph.D. in musicology from CWRU, where his dissertation won the Department of Music’s Adel Heinrich Award for Excellence in Musicological Research in 2017. During his graduate studies, he completed research Fellowships at the Library of Congress (2015) and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities (2016).
A musicologist with interdisciplinary interests in theatre and performance studies, media theory, and literary criticism, Stevens specializes in musical modernism, minimalism, and multimedia performance, as well as hip-hop. In Threshold, Dreamscape, Substance, Screen: Contemporary Opera and/as Medium, his in-progress monograph on the changing nature and evolving thematic concerns of the genre in the twenty-first century, he examines pieces by such renowned composers as Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, George Benjamin, Du Yun, Ashley Fure, David Lang, Liza Lim, Olga Neuwirth, Kaija Saariaho, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. His second book will present a revisionist account of the life and work of the American modernist George Antheil. Other planned projects include an article on the spoken-word blues performances of Gil Scott-Heron.
He has delivered talks at regional, national, and overseas conferences in music scholarship, and written reviews for German Studies Review and the Journal of the Society for American Music. He is a correspondent and concert reviewer for Cleveland Classical, and an album reviewer for I Case if You Listen. He also runs at least one marathon each year, loves toast, coffee, and podcasts as much as any good millennial, plays the French horn, and preaches the gospels of Joanna Newsom, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, and Vince Staples to anyone who’ll listen.
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