Selected Alumni Bios

Stefan Swanson

Stefan Swanson is an award-winning composer for film and concert. He has composed over twenty scores for films spanning all genres. He has also composed over fifty works for the concert hall ranging from solo sonatas to orchestral overtures. His concert music has been performed in New York City (including Lincoln Center), Philadelphia, and throughout New Jersey.

Stefan’s scores for Premature and Cuts (both directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green), are currently broadcasting on both HBO and Cinemax.   Currently he is working on Green's feature film Gun Hill Road starring Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Hawthorne) and Esai Morales (NYPD Blue, La Bamba).

Stefan earned his Masters degree in composition at New York University's film scoring program where he studied composition with Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Naked Gun), and his Bachelors degree from Rowan University in music composition studying with Dr. Harold Oliver.  He has also studied with George Tsontakis at the Aspen Music Festival.

He is a recipient of the Scholarship from the Film Music Museum in Los Angeles, the Susan and Ford Schumann Scholarship, as well as a winner of the Harmonium Choral Society’s Composition Contest and the Singing City Composer’s Prize.

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