Steven L. Ricks
born 1969


Steven L. Ricks (b. 1969) received his early musical training as a trombonist in Mesa, AZ. He holds degrees in composition from Brigham Young University (B.M.), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.M.), and the University of Utah (Ph.D.). He received a Certificate of Advanced Musical Studies from King's College London in 2000, supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Utah. His teachers have included Morris Rosenzweig, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Bill Brooks, and Michael Hicks.  Mr. Ricks' prizes and honors include First Prize in the 1999 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition, and four Barlow Endowment Commissions. He has been a fellow at June in Buffalo and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, and his works have been performed by many leading contemporary music ensembles and performers including the California EAR Unit, the New York New Music Ensemble, Earplay, the Talujon Percussion Quartet, flutist Rachel Rudich, pianist Ian Pace, and violinist Curtis Macomber. He currently directs the Electronic Music Studio at BYU and is co-director of the Utah Crosstalk electronic music concert series.
Works list:

Haiku (2006), for solo percussion and electroacoutic music (CD), ca. 8'. *Commissioned by Dominic Donato.

Strange Enthusiasm (2006), electroacoustic music, 1'. Part of the Vox Novus 2006 60X60 Project.

Mild Violence (2005) for flute (piccolo), clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, and percussion, ca. 8'. *Commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble.

American Dreamscape (2005), alto sax, piano, percussion, bass, with live electronics in surround sound and video projection, ca. 15' (solo version for alto sax and electronics also available). *Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for John Sampen.

Beyond the Zero (2005), solo violin and electroacoustic music (CD), ca. 11'.

Eyesong/Eardance (2004), cello, piano, and electroacoustic music (CD), ca. 10'. *Commissioned by the BYU Honors Department for Stephen Fairbanks.

A Glimpse Beyond the Zero (2004), electroacoustic music (CD), 1' (Part of the Vox Novus 2005 60X60 Project).

Dividing Time (2000), solo percussion, ca. 15'.

Sounded along dove dove (1999), electronic tape, 2'34''.

Circulation Segment (1998), fl. (picc.), cl. (bs. cl.), hn., perc., pf., cb., ca. 9'.

Vice Versa (1996), fl. (picc.), cl. (bs. cl.), vln., vc., pf., ca. 12'
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