Gryc, Stephen, 1949-
American composer Stephen Michael Gryc has always been fascinated by sounds and musical
instruments. An intimate understanding of the technique of instruments and the imaginative use of
instrumental color are hallmarks of his music. He holds the position of Professor of Music
Composition and Theory at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford where he teaches
traditional orchestration courses as well as original courses in writing for wind ensembles and for
voices. His instrumental expertise has brought him commissions from a diverse group of the world's
leading soloists including oboist Bert Lucarelli, flutist John Wion, and trumpeter Philip Smith. Gryc's
most recent commissions include a string quartet for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and a
trombone concerto for Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Gryc has written for every type of western instrument and ensemble from duo to large orchestra.
His works for flute have served as contest pieces for three international performance competitions,
most recently the Albert Cooper Competition held at the International Flute Festival in Stratford-
upon-Avon, England in August of 2003. His music has been performed by such ensembles as the
New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Philadelphia Brass Quintet, Avalon String Quartet, Cascadian
Choral, United States Marine Band, and Minnesota Orchestra. His works have been heard in
43 US states and in 23 foreign countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Stephen Michael Gryc was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1949. He earned four degrees in music,
including the degree Doctor of Musical Arts, from the University of Michigan where he studied
composition with William Albright, Leslie Bassett, and William Bolcom. His music is published by
Alphonse Leduc, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Robert King, and others and is recorded on the
Capstone, Centaur, Klavier, Opus One and Summit labels. Among his many awards are the 1986
Rudolf Nissim Prize for orchestral music and the James and Frances Bent Award for Artistic
Achievement from the University of Hartford. Stephen Michael Gryc's music is licensed by ASCAP. (from the composer's website)
Printed Music Held in Allen Library
2 Portraits for Bass Drum
Choral Prelude: 'Lasst uns erfreuen"
Cinq Preludes pour Flute Seule
A Dance Concerto
A Dance Concerto
Fanfare for a Noble Rebel
Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Bela Bartok
Five Pieces from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'
Five Studies on Exotic Scales
Four Songs from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'
Inno di Mameli
Kandinsky: Six Images for Organ
Land of Steady Habits
Music for Tuba and Timpani
Pigs in Clover
A Pop of the Cork
Reflections on a Southern Hymn: for horn alone
Six Mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Three Small Resonant Pieces
Two Poems of Henry David Thoreau