Stephen WeberChair of the Division of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Music
Stephen Weber is currently Professor of Music at USAO, where he also serves as Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities, and is the Mary Jo Ragan Endowed Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies.
A native of Canada, Weber did his undergraduate study at Concordia University-Chicago, where he received the Bachelor of Music Education degree. He completed a Master of Arts in Music in 1985 at New Jersey State College. His Ph.D. in Fine Arts is an interdisciplinary degree from Texas Tech University, where his emphases were Piano Pedagogy and Composition. This degree also required extensive coursework in art, theatre arts, aesthetics, and fine arts administration.
Weber taught at Texas Tech University from 1990 to 1995 and has been at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma since 1995. At USAO he has taught Studio Piano, Class Piano, Accompanying, Music Fundamentals, Music Technology, Freshman Seminar, Senior Seminar, World Thought and Culture III, Aesthetics, and Body/Mind Integration and Performance Anxiety. Weber also served as Coordinator of the USAO Music Department from 2002 to 2011.
Though trained primarily as a pianist, Weber has had considerable success as a composer. He was a winner in the 1994 National Conference on Piano Pedagogy Composition contest. He recorded his Eight Etudes for Piano for a 1995 compact disc on the Opus One label (#169). His Eclecticset for Percussion Quartet is also available on the same label (#173). His works have been performed at the International Clarinet Conference, the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the New Music Festival at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the Atlantic Regional conference of the National Flute Association, regional meetings of the College Music Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and other venues such as Santa Fe, Dallas and New York.
Weber has over numerous published compositions for a variety of media to his credit. Publishers of his music include Concordia Publishing House, Alfred Music Publishers, Permus Music, Voice of the Rockies Music Publishers and Zalo Publications. His works have been reviewed or advertised in Flute Talk, Clavier, Percussive Notes, Piano and Keyboard and The American Organist. He has had articles published in Piano Pedagogy Forum and CrossTimbers, and has served as a reviewer for The American Music Teacher. He has been a past recipient of an Oklahoma Arts Council grant for work on notation of Kiowa tribal hymns. Weber was a recipient of Standard Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers annually from 1994 to 2007. In 1997 Weber received the Board of Regents Award for Superior Teaching at USAO. In 1998 and 2003 he received the Board of Regents Award for Scholarly Activity. Weber was selected as the 2003 recipient of the "Oklahoma Musician of the Year" award by the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs.
Weber has performed extensively as solo pianist, collaborative pianist, and organist. He has performed on the East Coast, the Midwest, the South, and in Switzerland. He plans to perform in Hungary and Poland in the spring of 2014.
Weber has presented research at the International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts in Athens (2010), a branch of the Athens Institute for Education and Research, at the 2011 conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, and for university Festival of Arts and Ideas events. He has also done numerous workshops and clinics for local civic and community organizations.
Weber is married to Lesa, and has two children, Angela, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and Nathan, a med student at Oklahoma State University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa.
Ph. D. in Fine Arts, Texas Tech University, 1993
Master of Arts in Music, New Jersey State College, 1985
Bachelor of Music Education, Concordia University-Chicago, 1982
Also attended Temple University and Valparaiso University
"Before I compose a piece I walk round it several times, accompanied by myself." - Erik Satie