J. Mark Stambaugh

College Faculty:
Music History
Theory & Aural Skills

Mr. Stambaugh’s accomplishments as a composer reflect his activity in a wide variety of musical genres. The orchestral work Il Campanile⎯written during his time as Composer-in-Residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France⎯was recorded in London by Andrea Quinn with the BBC Concert Orchestra for the Masterprize Competition and was heard broadcast in cities throughout the world. The New York premiere of Il Campanile was conducted by George Manahan with the Manhattan School Symphony. Awards in opera include prizes from the New York City Opera for The Death of Anton Webern and Brooklyn College Conservatory for The Phoenix. Cain, a chamber opera in two acts, is the most recent of four operas composed by Mr. Stambaugh, with Nightingale, based on a medieval tale, in progress. Incongruous Dances won the 6th Annual Marimolin Competition and was featured in performances at the Ravinia Festival, while Crabbed Age and Youth was heard at the Kennedy Center in a concert by the LiederliebeEnsemble.

His chamber music has been performed in various concerts in the United States and Europe. In New York his work has been heard at many new music venues, such as Mise-En_Place, The Firehouse Space, The Cell, Caffe Vivaldi, The League of Composers-ISCM concert series at Symphony Space, the Artists International series at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Concerts at Theater 315 series; by ensembles such as Guidonian Hand, the Mise-En Ensemble, the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, the Locrian Chamber Players, Zero Gravity Ensemble, Tactus, and Transit Collective; and soloists such as violinist Mary Rowell, trombonist Mark Broschinsky and soprano Maeve Högland. His recent chamber works include Songs of the Sun for soprano and viola; The City of Dis for violinist and trombone quartet; Street of Apparitions for saxophone quartet; Serpens for solo trombonist and electronics; La Belle et la Bête for woodwind quintet; The Red Lamp, for mezzo- soprano, alto saxophone, and piano; Splendor Solis for trombone quartet, performed by Guidonian Hand at the International Trombone Festival; Dervish, for flute, clarinet, trumpet, steel pan, viola, cello and piano; Weep, Wilderness Weep for soprano, flute and harp; The Armed Man for brass trio; and The Conference of the Birds for flute, violin and piano. Recent engagements featured Mark Broschinsky’s performance of Serpens at Mise-En_Place, and a performance of La Belle et la Bête by Windscape at Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Stambaugh was a recent fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

His sacred vocal and instrumental works have been performed and recorded in association with various churches in New York City, most notably in a concert devoted to his sacred music given during the Angels’ Net Art Festival and performances at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He is the recipient of ASCAP awards and a Peabody Alumni Grant, and his music is published by Chester Music. His other musical activities include work as a pianist, organist, conductor, arranger, music director, and guest lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design and Westminster Choir College.

Mr. Stambaugh received a DMA in Composition from the Peabody Conservatory and is on the Composition faculty at Manhattan School of Music. He is married to Soyoun Im, M.D. and has a daughter, Mairwen.


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