Claudia Stevens

Visiting Scholar

Biography

Claudia Stevens continues in her appointment as Visiting Scholar in Music. She has received many honors, prizes and artist residencies, first as a pianist and subsequently as a multidisciplinary artist, including  twelve touring grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  With degrees in music from Vassar College, California at Berkeley, and the DMA from Boston University, she was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Piano at William and Mary until 2005.  She has created some twenty solo plays for her own performance as musician/monologue artist, several of them published.  Now based on the West Coast, her engagements in California over the last two years include UC, San Diego, Sonoma State, Whittier College, the Univ. of Southern California, UC, Davis, etc. 

Claudia is now a contributing director of Sonic Harvest, a new music series of long standing in Berkeley, California.  Her recent performance works created for Sonic Harvest include "Pitch" (2012), "Red Currants, Black Currants" (2013), and "It," an ensemble piece to premiere in 2014. She received a Creative Connections grant from New Music USA for her works presented by Sonic Harvest in 2012.

Claudia Stevens is also a librettist and a co-creator of four chamber operas in collaboration with the composer Allen Shearer.  Their works include "The Dawn Makers," directed by Brian Staufenbiel, now on vimeo, and a new chamber opera in progress based on George Eliot's Middlemarch, with production planned for 2015 in San Francisco and Sonoma.