Theory, Composition (College)Composition Dept. Chair
J. Mark Stambaugh’s accomplishment as a composer reflects his activity in a wide variety of musical genres. His work for orchestra Il Campanile (1997) was a finalist in the Masterprize competition in London, where it was recorded by Andrea Quinn with the BBC Concert Orchestra and heard on radio broadcasts in countries throughout the world; the New York premiere was performed by the Manhattan School Symphony conducted by George Manahan. Il Campanile was written during a stay as composer in residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Cain (1995), a chamber opera in two acts, is the most recent of four operas composed by Dr. Stambaugh. Other awards in opera include prizes from the New York City Opera and Brooklyn College Conservatory for The Death of Anton Webern(1980) and The Phoenix (1987), respectively. Dr. Stambaugh’s work for violin and marimba, Incongruous Dances (1993), was the winner of the 6th Annual Marimolin Competition and was featured in performances at the Ravinia Festival. He has received commissions and awards for a number of chamber works for solo piano, voice, vocal ensemble, chorus, and instrumental ensemble.
Dr. Stambaugh holds a doctorate in composition from the Peabody Conservatory. He formerly served on the faculties of the Peabody Institute and Dickinson College. He has been on the composition faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1992, where he presently serves as director of core studies.
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1992.