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Dr. Stephen Crawford

Professor & Area Coordinator for Ensemble Studies
Music Department
Office: Bawcom 2107
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8012900 College St, Box 8012BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-8664(254) 295-8664
Subjects Taught: Music History; World Music; Orchestration, Form & Analysis, Applied Percussion; Percussion Ensemble
Degrees Earned: BA in Mus. Ed.; MM in conducting; DMA in Conducting/Music History

Dr. Stephen Crawford is Director of Percussion Studies and Professor of Music History 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 timpanist with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the UMHB Percussion Ensemble.

A nationally recognized conductor and scholar of wind and percussion music, Dr. Crawford has conducted performances at state, national, and international conferences and has presented percussion clinics at the Music Education Associations of eleven states in the US.  He is in demand as a percussion artist, clinician, lecturer, and guest conductor having appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Taiwan, Indonesia, Scotland, England, the Czech Republic, China, Russia, Belgium, Peru, Netherlands, Latvia, and Estonia. Dr. Crawford lived in London, England as the UMHB faculty member for the London Studies Program in 2009 where he lectured courses in British Music History.

Dr. Crawford represents Majestic Percussion, Mapex Drums, and Innovative Percussion as performing artist and clinician. An award-winning composer, his works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  As a university scholar, Dr. Crawford was awarded a 2011 Faculty Research Grant to allow study in the Czech Republic and has also conducted research in Russia, Belgium, and Peru. He has been the recipient of the UMHB Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching, and Excellence in Scholarship, has served as President of the UMHB Faculty Assembly, and is a past nominee for Composer of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association. He is currently the President of the Texas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Dr. Crawford’s biographical record is included in “Who’s Who in America” where he was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.


Published Compositions:

Arthur's Seat: tone poem for timpani and tam-tam. Presently under publication consideration, 2020.

Sonata for Timpani, published by HoneyRock, (Reviewed by Percussive Notes, May, 2019) for solo timpani, 2019.

Butterflies, Mountains, Bamboo, published by HoneyRock, for solo marimba, 2008.

Chroma 1 published by HoneyRock, for marimba quartet, 2006.

Remembering Tomorrow published by HoneyRock, for marimba and flute, 2004.

From the Edge of the Frame published by HoneyRock, (Reviewed by Percussive Notes, August, 2002), for solo marimba, 2002.

Winter Mix published by HoneyRock, (Reviewed by Percussive Notes, April, 2002), for solo marimba, 2001.

Ghost River published by HoneyRock, (Reviewed by Percussive Notes, April, 2002), for solo marimba, 2000.

 Journal Publications:

Crawford, Stephen, Percussion Profile: An Interview with Juan Chávez. Percussive Notes Vol 58, no. 4 (August 2020): 42-44.

Crawford, Stephen, The Bruge Belfry. Percussive Notes Vol 56, no. 1 (March 2018): 40-42.

Crawford, Stephen, The Bells of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Novgorod’s Kremlin. Percussive Notes Vol 54, no. 3 (July 2016): 28-30.

Crawford, Stephen, Carlos Chávez’s Xochipilli—Macuilxochitl: An Imagined Aztec Music. Percussive Notes Vol 52, no. 2 (May 2015): 24-26.

Professional Book Review:

Ferrin, Craig E. Listening to Music. (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt), Chapters reviewed: 21 – Listening to Non-Western Music, and 22 – Listening to Medieval and Renaissance Music.