Dr. Stephen Crawford
Conductor of Percussion Ensemble
Dr. Stephen Crawford is Director of Percussion Studies and Professor of Music History and Literature at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Minot State University, the Master of Music Degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Crawford is the principal percussionist/timpanist with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the UMHB Percussion Ensemble. He has held teaching and conducting positions at Temple College, Minot State University, Ellsworth College, the University of Northern Iowa, and was the Associate Conductor with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.
A nationally recognized conductor and scholar of wind and percussion music, Dr. Crawford has conducted performances at state, national and international conferences including the Texas Music Educators Conference, College Band Director’s National Conference, The Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference, and the International Horn Symposium. He has presented lectures/clinics at the Music Education Associations of Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Carolina, California, New Mexico and Minnesota. Dr. Crawford is in demand as a percussion artist, clinician, lecturer, and guest conductor having appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Taiwan, Indonesia, Scotland, and England. Dr. Crawford lived in London, England as the UMHB faculty member for the London Studies Program for spring of 2009 where he lectured courses in British Music History. His research specialties include wind and percussion music of the Renaissance; the chamber music of Carlos Chavéz; and Czech music.
Dr. Crawford represents Majestic Percussion, Mapex Drums, and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician. An award-winning composer, his marimba compositions include Ghost River; Winter Mix; From the Edge of the Frame; Butterflies, Mountains, Bamboo (solo marimba); Remembering Tomorrow (flute and marimba); and Chroma 1 (marimba quartet). As a university scholar, Dr. Crawford was awarded a 2011 Faculty Research Grant to allow study in the Czech Republic. He was also the recipient of the 2008 UMHB Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2005 UMHB Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and was a nominee for Composer of the Year in 2004 by the Texas Music Teachers Association. He is currently the Vice-President of the Texas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and serves UMHB as Immediate-past President of the Faculty Assembly. Dr. Crawford’s biographical record is included in “Who’s Who in America.”