Chicago area composer James Stephenson’s works have been performed by leading American orchestras, including an original score for the San Francisco Ballet, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra, and has been hailed by critics as having “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds”. (Boston Herald). Additionally, he has composed for “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, and has written many works for acclaimed international soloists. His music incorporates a fresh and energizing sound scape that delights the audience while maintaining integrity and worthwhile challenges for the performing musicians. This rare combination has rewarded Stephenson with a host of ongoing commissions and projects.