Title: Professor of Music, Composer
Company: Southeastern Louisiana University
Location: Hammond, Louisiana, United States
Stephen Suber, Professor of Music at Southeastern Louisiana University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education and composition.
Growing up in a military family, Dr. Suber was afforded various travel opportunities throughout his youth. Despite the continuous moving, music was always a constant in his life, as he had taken piano lessons with a Julliard graduate in Turkey and later learned the clarinet. Dr. Suber went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in European history from Mississippi College, as well as study composition with Reinhart Ross at Principia College. He continued his studies in music with Robert Ashley and Terry Riley at Mills College, achieving a Master of Arts in 1974. In 1982, he obtained a Doctor of Music at Indiana University under the direction of Frederick Fox. During his final two years at the institution, Dr. Suber was a visiting lecturer of composition in Indiana University’s School of Music.
Having accrued more than 35 years of professional expertise in his field, Dr. Suber has excelled as a professor of music and music history at Southeastern Louisiana University since 1982. Focusing on composition, history and music theory, he has also been a composer for a wide variety of media since 1971. Dr. Suber’s catalog includes accompanied songs and an assortment of choral works, even including one piece for a 32-part chorus. For instrumentalists, he has composed for every medium from unaccompanied solos through a wide variety of chamber ensembles up to wind ensembles and large orchestras. Likewise, has also worked with electronic tape and with mixed ensembles of live performers and electronic sounds.
Reflecting on his compositional success, Dr. Suber considers his 1989 contributions to the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Colony in Taos, New Mexico as the highlight of his career, in which he sketched portions of “Enchantments: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra.” Later commissioned by the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, he was named the 1993 Composer of the Year by the National Music Teachers Association. Earlier, in 1982, his “Symphony of Wind and Light (1981)” was first recognized at the Indiana State University Orchestral Composition Contest, which led to a performance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently, this work received the Fourth Prize in the 1984 Louisville Symphony Orchestra Competition, going on to be performed and recorded on its First Edition label under conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith.
To remain abreast of his industry, Dr. Suber maintains affiliation with the Composers Alliance, Broadcast Music Institute, Society of Composer’s Incorporated and American Composer’s Forum. Attributing his success to Reinhardt Ross, Robert Ashley and Terry Riley, he also credits the influence of Leonard Bernstein, whom he briefly worked with at Indiana University. With this sentiment, his work as an evaluator at competitions greatly affected his composing style and creations. In five years’ time, Dr. Suber plans to continue teaching at the collegiate level for as long as possible. His advice to aspiring musical professionals is that if you love it, do it.
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