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Heather Stebbins

Boston, MA      

Heather Stebbins is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic works with a background as a cellist. At the core of her music is a deep fascination with the inner structures and intricacies of sound. Whether these sounds emanate from an instrument, an object, or a computer, Heather uses sounds that strike her viscerally and intellectually as the germinating elements of her music. She is currently on a Fulbright Fellowship in Tallinn, Estonia, where she is working with composer Helena Tulve. 

Heather is a Center For New Music Doctoral Fellow at Boston University where she studies with Joshua Fineberg. She teaches classes in electronic music, MaxMSP, and aural skills. Heather graduated from the University of Richmond with degrees in Music Theory /Composition and Cello Performance in 2009, where she studied composition with Benjamin Broening. She has participated in masterclasses with such composers as Tristan Murail, Philippe Leroux, Salvatore Sciarrino, Olga Neuwirth, and Mario Davidovsky.

Along with fellow composer Lesley Hinger, Heather is the co-founder of the Boston-based Acoustic Uproar concert series, which promotes emerging composers and performers in the programming of extremely contemporary music.

Articles by Heather Stebbins:

NewMusicBox January 26 2015 | By Heather Stebbins
Blogging from Estonia: Creative Energy and New Perspectives

Here in Tallinn, I am under the impression that if one has even the smallest idea for a concert, it will happen with little to no red tape.

NewMusicBox January 19 2015 | By Heather Stebbins
Helena Tulve: Trust, Discovery, and the Creative Process

Using extramusical models and precise planning works for some people but not everyone. I generally feel, however, that academic study of composition places emphasis on this methodology.

NewMusicBox January 12 2015 | By Heather Stebbins
Art and Environment: Connections, Community, and Being

Too often we live only by a temporal, horizontal axis in which we over-analyze, live within our heads, and lose connection with the earth and with our bodies. Being in...

NewMusicBox January 5 2015 | By Heather Stebbins
Blogging from Estonia–A Search for Fresh Sounds

I recently saw a huge banner on the side of one of Tallinn’s major shopping centers promoting an upcoming concert by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir featuring works by Carlo...