Joseph Gentry Stephens (b. 1972 – San Angelo, Texas) is an American composer of choral music. His Ubi Caritas was recently published by Alfred Music Publishers, and his catalogue of over forty choral works is distributed via websites StephensMusic.com and MusicSpoke.com. A percussionist since the age of eleven, Stephens played in the school marching, symphonic, and stage bands in the border town of Texarkana, and was a student of local drum legend, Dave Daily. In college, his interest in vocal and choral music led to a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance (University of Arkansas – Monticello) and a Master of Music in choral conducting (University of Northern Colorado). With a philosophy of writing for a global audience, all music by Stephens is first published and distributed at StephensMusic.com (established 1999), and is free to download, print, and copy. Recent commissions include Lauda Sion, commissioned by Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN, and Joy, commissioned by Houston High School, Germantown, TN. His latest work, Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, was selected as a finalist for the Ithaca College 36th Annual Composition Contest.
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.