Born: 1972, San Angelo, Texas

Joseph Gentry Stephens, born 1972 in San Angelo, Texas.  A native of the border town, Texarkana, Stephens studied percussion in the public school bands (Marching, Symphonic, and Jazz/Stage Bands) and with local drum legend and teacher, Dave Daily.  After graduation, attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he studied voice and conducting with Dr. Kent Skinner earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (1995).  It was also at UAM that he met his wife, Leslie.  He went on to attend the University of Northern Colorado studying conducting with Dr. Galen Darrough and Dr. Howard Skinner and earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting (1997).

Notes About the Music

The music of Joseph Gentry Stephens has been performed in over 20 countries across the globe.  StephensMusic.com was started in 1999  and now offers over 40 choral works for mixed SATB chorus  suitable for church services or concert performances for High School, College/University, and Professional Choirs.

Dynamic, tempo and other markings are intentionally omitted from unaccompanied works in order to allow each work to evolve in each performance. The lack of such markings harkens back to the traditions of chant and early choral styles in which melodic, harmonic and textual devices determined the interpretation of the overall work.

In 2014, his Ubi Caritas was published by Alfred Music Publishers in the Lawson-Gould choral series.

All texts by Ingrid Showalter Swift are used by permission.


The works of Joseph Gentry Stephens are registered with BMI under the Classical Music Section.

Please report all performances directly to the composer.

Mr. Stephens is available for master classes in conducting and choral techniques as well as concert appearances for conducting or simply a meet and greet with your choir and audience.  Commissions are welcome.


The Gospel of Thomas is available on ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era, Volume 3 – featuring the Kiev Philharmonic and the Kyiv Chamber Choir available at http://www.amazon.com.

About Ingrid Showalter Swift

Ingrid Showalter Swift was born in Charlottesville Virginia in 1963. She was raised in Roanoke, Virginia among the Blue Ridge Mountains and wrote her first poetry at age 6. She then returned to Charlottesville to attend The University of Virginia. After moving to Boston, she studied at North Eastern University and the Museum of Fine Arts. She presently resides in Weston Massachusetts. She is a mother, a poet, a painter, an antique dealer and a shower singer. She is published in many anthologies, chap books, magazines and web sites and joyfully finished her first book of poetry “Thin as Parchment/ Red as Rubies”.  Collaborations between Swift and Stephens include: You Having Walked This Earth, Gimmewicks and Glimmerricks, Laugh You Fool, Serengeti Song, Thunder Souls, My Silence Now Speaks For Me, RO and Tine, What Wondrous Walk of Feet and Wing, In the Sun In the Sand By the Sea and most recently I Wish and Being Not Proud.

Special Thanks to the Choral Public Domain Library

The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL), is an Internet-based free sheet music website which specializes in choral music.


Created in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world’s largest free sheet music sites. The goal of CPDL is to host a large collection of music scores and other supporting files (such as midi or other sound files) which can be freely downloaded and used. Most of the scores on CPDL are modern editions based on older works whose copyright has lapsed (or which are otherwise in the public domain), but some scores are newly composed and offered for download by the composer.