hails from a historic village in the idyllic hills of upstate New York, and now lives among the parks and promenades of Cleveland, Ohio. In fall 2019, he will return to teaching posts at the Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Akron School of Music, having served as a SAGES Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music at Case Western Reserve University in the spring. In 2017-2018, he taught music history and musicological methodology at CWRU and CIM. He also earned the 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 renowned composers such as Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, George Benjamin, Du Yun, Ashley Fure, David Lang, Liza Lim, Olga Neuwirth, Kaija Saariaho, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Chaya Czernowin. His second book will present a revisionist account of the life and work of the American modernist George Antheil. Other planned projects include a project on the hip hop legacy of Gil Scott-Heron.
He has delivered talks at regional, national, and overseas conferences in music scholarship, and written reviews for German Studies Review, the Journal of the Society for American Music, and MLA Notes. He is a correspondent and concert reviewer for Cleveland Classical, and an album reviewer for I Case if You Listen. He also loves toast, coffee, and podcasts as much as any good millennial, runs marathons, plays the French horn, and preaches the gospels of Joanna Newsom, Timber Timbre, St. Vincent, Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Vince Staples to anyone who’ll listen.
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