Steven Snowden


Consortium Premieres

World Premiere

Dr. Brandon Arvay, September 16, 2016, Western Kentucky University

Commission Details

I am excited to announce the commission of a new work for solo timpani + electronics by composer Steven Snowden.

  • The piece will be 6 – 8 minutes in length
  • The piece will be one movement
  • The piece is expected to be completed by  June 1, 2016

As the consortium organizer, Brandon Arvay will retain rights to the world premiere and first commercial recording no later than October 15, 2016.

Consortium members will maintain performance exclusivity until December 1, 2017 and will receive a printed copy of the score and parts after the work has been completed, which will include the names of all members involved in the consortium.

Commission Updates

This webpage was created to help spread the word about the work’s progress to consortium members.

To receive notifications of updates in your inbox, simply click the appropriate box at the bottom of this page.

This page will be used to post about Steven, some of his current and past projects, and to update everyone on progress with this piece (planned interviews and sneak-peak readings of the piece). There are also pages on this site that will discuss the details outlined here, and how to contribute.


In order to take part in this project, consortium members will each contribute a total of $105. Half of the contribution ($52.50) is due on March 1, 2016 with the remaining $52.50 due upon receipt of the piece on June 1, 2016.

PayPal payments are accepted. Please send them to: If you’re sending a check by mail, please email Brandon for the mailing address.

If you have any questions or would like to become a partner, please contact Dr. Brandon Arvay ( Please email to confirm your participation and you will be added to the “consortium members” page once it’s posted on the site. If you know anyone that might like to join the project, please feel free to pass this website link along as well.

About Steven

The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), and “Marvelously evocative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Writing music for dance, theater, multi-media installations, and the concert stage, Snowden’s work has been performed in 31 countries across six continents. He is equally at home writing acoustic and electro-acoustic music and has taken a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and live electronic audio manipulation as a tool for improvisation.
Snowden’s work often deals with concepts of memory, nostalgia, and the cyclic nature of historical events as they pertain to modern society. While his musical influences are deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, he utilizes non-traditional techniques and processes to compose works that don’t squarely align with any single genre or style.
A native of the Ozarks countryside, he began composition studies in 2002 at Missouri State University and subsequently earned his Masters degree at the University of Colorado and Doctorate at the University of Texas. In 2012-2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, researching and implementing motion tracking technology as a means to facilitate collaboration between music and dance. In 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor and composer in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the co-founder/director of the Fast Forward Austin Music Festival and currently resides in Austin, Texas where he works as a freelance composer and rides his Harley through the Texas Hill Country whenever weather and time allow.

For more information, visit

Current Projects

• A multimedia work for Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago, IL) inspired by photographs and recordings of migrant workers in Central California during the Dust Bowl.

• An interactive instrument for choreographer Rosalyn Nasky (Austin, TX) that utilizes motion tracking technology to highlight the worlds of energy contained within the human body.

• A large-scale collaborative work for the Aeolus Quartet (New York, NY) and GroundWorks Dance Company (Cleveland, OH) inspired by stories from women and children living behind the front lines of the US Civil War.

Past Projects

Tacoma Narrows for percussion sextet


A Man with a Gun Lives Here


The Devil’s Nine Questions – Piano Quintet

Consortium Members

Dr. Brandon Arvay

Chris Brophy

Patrick Chapman

Brad Davis

Dr. Gordon Hicken

Diana Loomer

Jeremy Maytum

Dr. Brad Meyer

Dr. Luis Rivera

Dr. Jonathan Sharp

Dr. Mike Truesdell


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