Stephen Self, organ

Date Tuesday, October 30, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Location Benson Great Hall
Directions Directions to Benson Great Hall and Bethel University.
Cost Free
Sponsors Department of Music

Event Description

Stephen Self is Professor of Music at Bethel University, where he teaches organ, piano, music history, music theory, and serves in the University’s West­ern Humanity interdepartmental program. He received the M.M. degree in piano perform­ance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the Ph.D. in music history from The Ohio State University, and the D.M.A. in organ per­formance from West Virginia University. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Pi Kappa Lambda national music society.  In the spring of 2012 he completed the Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law.

Self is active as solo and collaborative pianist throughout the Twin Cities. In the past he has presented piano recitals featuring music of Minnesota composers. He collaborates often with musicians from Bethel and other universities and orchestras in chamber recitals.

He is also Minister of Music at Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. In that capacity he presents full recitals, and he has presented in the past noontime Advent and Lenten recitals. His church responsibilities have included performance at various community and synod-wide activities.

Self is an active member of the American Guild of Organists. He is a Fellow of the Guild, the highest certification level offered, and in 2000, he received the S. Lewis Elmer prize for the highest score of all major certification recipients of that year. He is active in the Twin Cities chapter of the Guild as former chair of the Education Committee and performer on chapter pro­grams. He has also served on the panel of judges of the chapter’s Young Artist competition. Currently he serves as the coordinator for certification exams for the local chapter.

Self is a published musicologist, specializing in music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. He has pre­sented papers at national meetings of the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society, and has been published in Music and Letters, one of the leading musicological journals of the United Kingdom. His recent research has focused on Italian secu­lar music of the late fifteenth century. This past summer he coordinated a project that resulted in the transcription of an important source of Italian vernacular music from the 1490s.


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