Immigration Policy

This morning I added my signature to the following letter. Open Letter Against the Student Ban We, faculty at institutions across the United States, condemn the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision, announced Monday July 6th, that stipulates that International Students with F-1 and M-1 visas, “attending schools operating entirely online may not take a read more »

Reviews of LIGHT DANCES Bridge recording by Da Capo Chamber Players

Jaffe: Light Dances “Chamber Concerto No. 2” MP3 Music Bridge Records Stephen Jaffe’s Light Dances has the capacity, rare in contemporary music, to bring a delighted smile to the listener. In a sense, everything else a reviewer can say follows from that. One imagines that the composer has become accustomed to taking his bows before audiences who read more »

“Culture Opens Us Up” – a Conversation With Robert Carl on LIGHT DANCES and Other Works

An interview by composer Robert Carl on Bridge’s new release of Light Dances (Chamber Concerto No. 2) to appear in Fanfare Magazine’s May Issue. Bridge 4001. To login via Fanfare Magazine: Light Dances Interview: Feature Article by Robert Carl “Culture Opens Us Up, With Luck”: An Interview with Stephen Jaffe Buy Jaffe: Light Dances Jaffe: read more »

Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Announced

Stephen Jaffe, Augusta Read Thomas, Tania Léon and Roberto Sierra have been commissioned to create new works for the Musical Fund Society’s 200th Anniversary in 2020.

LIGHT DANCES Recording: Da Capo Chamber Players Bridge 4001

Stephen Jaffe’s LIGHT DANCES (Chamber Concerto No. 2) was released on December 7, 2018. The very sympathetic performance features the Da Capo Chamber Players and Michael Lipsey, percussion. Click the blue link above to sample on Spotify, iTunes, HD Tracks, etc. The cover photo and the art inside the booklet is by Brian H. Peterson.

A Symphony of Spiral and Light (PARADES)

My newest ensemble work is A Symphony of Spiral and Light (PARADES), for orchestral winds, brass and percussion (41 musicians!). The work was commissioned by the University of Maryland who will give the first performance in May, 2019 under the leadership of Michael Votta, and ten other co-commissioners who will present premiere performances during 2020. read more »

A FOREST UNFOLDING Premiere in New Hampshire and Maine

Premiere Performances: Sunday August 12 at 5 PM (Peterborough, New Hampshire) by Electric Earth Concerts Sunday August 18 at 7:30 (Portland Chamber Music Festival, Portland, Maine) A FOREST UNFOLDING (Collaborative Cantata by Eric Moe, Stephen Jaffe, David Kirkland Garner and Melinda Wagner) with texts by W.S. Merwin, Anne LaBastille, Richard Powers, Henry David Thoreau and read more »

MIGRATIONS Concert Video

An archival performance of the September, 2017 premiere of MIGRATIONS (Chamber Concerto No. 4) featuring Gabriel Richard, violin and chamber ensemble. Many listeners asked for a link to the video of the first performance, which has now been made available by the Franklin Humanities Center. The music starts at 3.20” on the video, and is read more »

Jane Hawkins

Our dear friend and colleague Jane Hawkins passed away just after Thanksgiving. Here is a link to a Department of Music post about her life: At a faculty meeting in December, I read a poem by Zelda, the Israeli poet: “Everybody has a name.” A link to Marcia Falk’s translation:

Olly Wilson

Very sad this morning to learn of the death of OLLY WILSON. Olly was a composer of versatile originality and commitment, and one of the most agreeable and effective colleagues one could have. Olly comported himself with almost regal, diplomatic bearing, assuming with dignity and poise the privileged position he came to occupy by virtue read more »