Stephen Cook
Piano

Piano

Theory, History & Composition

Theory, History & Composition

Young Musicians

Young Musicians

Stephen Cook

Piano Department Chair

Stephen Cook received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied composition with Dr. Samuel Douglas and piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Max Camp.  Additional studies were with Edith Oppens at the Aspen School of Music and with Dr. Manuel Alvarez at the Conductors Institute, University of South Carolina. From 1996-2012 he served on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and from 1996-2004 was the Director of the Pianist Program at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California, a nationally recognized pre-professional arts conservatory. He serves on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, is a former Research Program Specialist with the Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute at the University of California, Irvine, and is Associate Professor of Music at Whittier College. Dr. Cook is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for such organizations as the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Past activities included adjudication of the Pro-Romania International Piano Competition in Bucharest, Romania, performance and master classes in Tokyo, Japan, Carnegie Hall, New York and numerous concert appearances with Broadway talent Susan Egan; composer/arranger for numerous musicals for children, film and web soundscapes and orchestral arrangements for performances by Susan Egan

Studying music allows the learner of any age to understand one of the most meaningful ways of communicating without words. Music unites, inspires and informs while taking the listener along an incredible journey, and it is a privilege to share this experience with others.
Stephen Cook