Compositions

Steven has composed for ensembles of all sizes. Below is a list of compositions for Chamber Ensembles, Large Ensembles, and Keyboard.

Composition Index by Genre

Art Songs

    • "All Our Stories," from Confluence (a collaboration with the Composers' Collective of Vancouver, BC, Voice, Flute, & Piano, 2012)

    • American Fragments (from the poetry of Sandburg and Dickinson, for soprano & piano, 2016)

      • An Hour is a Sea

      • Under the Harvest Moon

      • I am afraid to own a body

      • Dying at my music!

      • Two

    • "Baltic Fog Notes" (poem by Carl Sandburg, for soprano & piano)

    • "Black Riders" - 5 songs from the poetry of Stephen Crane (for voice and piano, 2019)

      • Black riders

      • Mystic shadow

      • Three little birds

      • Places among the stars

      • I saw a man pursuing the horizon

    • "Confessions" - 5 songs from the poetry of Amy Lowell and Walt Whitman (for Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano [3 songs], Baritone/Tenor [2 songs] & piano, 2018)

      • Opal

      • June

      • Aubade

      • To a Stranger

      • Venus Transiens

    • Five Children's Songs (for voice, piano, and plucked piano strings OR voice, piano, bongos, and glockenspiel, 2019)

      • Twinkle, Twinkle

      • Little Star

      • Do you know?

      • Jack fell down

      • Are you sleeping, Frère Jacques?

    • Five Norwegian Songs (for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, & Piano, 2010) -Recording-

    • Five Sombre Songs (for Soprano & Piano, 2011) -Recording 1- -Recording 2-

    • "Human Nature" (for soprano & piano, A collaboration with the poet Val Mallinson, 2017) -Recordings-

      • Saltwater Heart

      • Leave No Trace

      • Way Finding

    • I Call to the Earth and Sea -- Four Songs from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (for Soprano & Piano, 2013) -Recording 1- -Recording 2- -Recording 3-

      • You Sea!

      • Twenty-Eight

      • Night

      • Immortality

    • "Nuit Blanche" - Three songs inspired by French poetry (for Soprano & Piano, 2018)

      • The house should be full of roses

      • Dance the Jig

      • Nuit Blanche

    • Obstfelder Songs - Four songs in Norwegian with poetry by Sigbjørn Obstfelder (for Soprano & Piano, 2018)

      • Eva

      • Kan Speilet Tale

      • Regn

      • Psalme

    • "Precipitations" - Nine songs to poetry by Evelyn Scott (2021)

      • Isolation Ward

      • Tropical Life

      • Interlude

      • The Assumption of Columbine

      • The Naiad

      • Snow Dance

      • Precipitations

      • Destiny

      • To a Sick Child

    • "Resistance" - Five songs to poetry by Joanne Kennedy Frazer (for Soprano & Piano, 2018)

      • Work

      • Tweet, tweet, tweet

      • Communion

      • A would-be prophet

      • Re-visioning

    • Sandburg Songs (ongoing project, begun in 2016)

    • "Sea Songs" (Five songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano, 2019) (Text by Fearnside, Jeffers, St. Vincent Millay, Teasdale, and Sandburg)

      • On Christmas Eve

      • Ebb-Tide

      • Low Tide

      • Peace

      • Sea-Wash

    • "Smoke and Steel" (Four songs with poetry by Carl Sandburg, for Soprano & piano)

      • Prayers of Steel

      • Monotone

      • Stars, songs, faces

      • Valley Song

    • "Solveig's Song" (for Mezzo-Soprano & Piano, 2011)

    • "Song Offerings" (five songs for unaccompanied treble voice with text by Rabindranath Tagore, 2020)

      • Pilgrimage

      • The Wall

      • Sleep

      • Night

      • Light

    • "There Will Come Soft Rains" (poem by Sara Teasdale, for Mezzo-Soprano & Piano, 2018)

    • Three Biblical Songs (for Soprano & Piano, 2008) -Recording-

    • Three Folk Songs of the Pacific Northwest (for voice & piano, 2016)

      • Seattle Illahee

      • The Girl with the Striped Stockings On

      • The Old Settler

    • Three Norwegian Songs (for Soprano & Piano, 2015)

      • Holder du af mig

      • Diset Kvæld

      • Det første møde

    • "We Wear the Mask" - Four songs from the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (for Mezzo-Soprano & Piano, 2018)

      • We Wear the Mask

      • Theology

      • Curtain

      • In Summer

    • Whitman Songs (ongoing project, begun in 2016)

Mixed Chamber Ensembles

    • Canzonetta (for Viola and Bassoon, 2016)

    • Ceremony (for Flute, Alto Saxophone, and French Horn, 2019)

    • Four Dances (for Flute, Violin, Viola, & Piano, 2008) -Recording-

    • Norwegian Rhapsody (for Violin, Viola, & Piano, 2020 - Commissioned by the National Nordic Museum)

    • Remembrance (Trio for Oboe, Viola, & Piano, 2018) -Recording-

    • Rite (for Flute, Viola, & Harp, 2011) -Recording-

Strings

    • Dance for Viola and Piano (2015) -Recording-

    • Elegy for String Sextet (2008) -Recording-

    • Fantasy for Viola and Piano (2009) -Recording-

    • Folk Dances for Solo Viola (2012)

    • Intermezzo for Viola and Piano (2014) -Recording-

    • Sacred Suite (for Viola and Piano, 2016) -Recording-

    • String Quartet (2012)

Winds

    • Brass Quartet (2011)

    • Ceremony (for Flute, Alto Saxophone, and Horn, 2019) -Recording-

    • Four Pieces (for Flute & Piano, 2009) -Recording-

    • Five Impromptus (for Solo Flute, 2014)

    • Melodious Fragments (for Oboe & Viola, 2017)

    • Northwest Coast Pictures (for two Flutes, 2017)

    • Prayer (for Flute & Piano, 2012) -Recording-

    • Prelude (for Flute Choir, 2013) -Recording-

    • Suite for Flute and Piano (2014) -Recording-

    • Sax Quartet (2011)

    • Sonata for Oboe and Piano (2016) -Recording-

    • Wind Quintet (2010)

Handbells

    • Campanile - Surround Sound Etude for Handbell or Handchime choir

    • Introit & Prayer - "Many and Great, O God" (for 4 handbell ringers and piano, 2017)

    • Lament (Commissioned by the ringers of Des Moines United Methodist Church, 2017)

    • Prelude - Now the Green Blade Riseth (Commissioned by the ringers of Des Moines United Methodist Church, 2015)

    • Winter Rose (for Handbell Soloist) (2016)

Large Ensemble Compositions

  • Wind Ensemble

  • Orchestra

    • Dark Dances (2011)

Keyboard Music

  • Air and Ground Dance for solo organ (2016) -Recording-

  • Etude for solo harpsichord (2019)

  • Meditations on American Hymn Tunes (2016)

  • Over 80 pieces for solo piano

  • Nocturne (2008) -Recording-

  • Rhythmic Suite (2010)

  • Suite of Primitive Dances (2007)

  • Suite Parisienne (2008)