His compositions range from concertos and sonatas for nearly every wind instrument to the violin and piano. Commissions for solo works have come from principal players in the the symphonies of Chicago, Boston, NY Phil, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestra, Washington DC (National), Oregon, Dallas, among others.
Also active as a highly sought-after arranger, Stephenson’s arrangements have been performed/recorded/broadcast by virtually every major orchestra in the country, including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, NY Pops and more.
Before moving to Lake Forest as a full-time composer/conductor, Stephenson spent 17 seasons with the Naples (FL) Philharmonic as a trumpeter, a position he won immediately upon graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Stephenson is currently enjoying a position of Composer-in-Residence with the Lake Forest Symphony.
Being a brass player himself, James greatly contributed already to the brass repertoire, composing many solo and chamber group pieces for brass instruments. Looking forward to many more new compositions !