Dr. Stephen D. Emmons
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
B.M., M.M., Texas State University
Music theory and composition
Dr. Emmons is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He attended Texas State University - San Marcos, where he studied composition with Mark Dal Porto and Russell Riepe, earning the B.M. and M.M. He received the Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, where he studied composition with Mary Jeanne van Appledorn.
Prior to joining the faculty at Angelo State University, Dr. Emmons was an assistant professor of music at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, where he taught theory and history and directed the school orchestra. He composes for a variety of ensembles, including band, choir, and chamber groups. His music incorporates driving rhythms and minimalist ostinatos and often integrates the melodies and formal procedures found in medieval music, Renaissance music, and early American hymnody.
Dr. Emmons has enjoyed collaborating with his faculty colleagues and the students at ASU, writing a number of pieces that have been premiered by faculty artists as well as student ensembles. Particularly significant are his collaborations with Drs. Bonenfant, Womack, and Kelley, who have premiered several of his solo and chamber works for woodwinds. His woodwind and brass music is published by Cimarron Music Press. Recordings of Dr. Emmons’ music can be found on his YouTube channel.
Dr. Emmons is a member of ASCAP.