Works performed by Earplay:

Dream Vegetables

Stephen Michael Gryc (b. 1949) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota but lived in Sunnyvale, California during the 1960s. He received his professional training at the University of Michigan, where he studied composition with William Albright, Leslie Bassett, and William Bolcom. He is currently Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. His music is published by Alphonse Leduc, Boosey and Hawkes, Carl Fischer, and others, and his works have been recorded for the Capstone, Centaur, Klavier, Opus One, and Summit labels.

An intimate understanding of the technique of instruments and the imaginative use of instrumental color are hallmarks of Gryc’s music. He has written for every type of western instrument and ensemble, from duo to large orchestra. His instrumental expertise has brought commissions from a diverse group of leading soloists, including oboist Bert Lucarelli, flutist John Wion, and trumpeter Philip Smith. Gryc’s most recent commissions include a trombone concerto for Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.

[from program for September 26, 2005 concert]