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Maddie Stephenson is an esteemed composer and arranger known for her use of unique harmonies and textures. Since beginning her career as a composer in 2017, she has written a multitude of solo and chamber works. In February of 2019, she was selected to attend Berklee’s ALEA III festival in Athens, Greece, where she met the esteemed Greek guitar duo, Alexandria Christodimou and Yannis Petridis. They subsequently performed her work for two guitars, “Impressions,” on April 29, 2020. Maddie attended the UPBEAT International Festival in Sutivan, Croatia, and studied composition under Joel Hoffman in July 2019. Maddie was commissioned to write a chamber work, “Cycles,” for Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas (May 2022 premiere). In December 2020, she was commissioned by Lake Forest Academy (IL) to write fifteen original songs for a brand new musical, “City of the Seven Gates,” which premiered in the Spring of 2021. She was most recently commissioned by Kearsarge High School to write a piece for wind band, to be premiered in May 2023.
Stephenson has collaborated with a multitude of directors scoring films, many of which have gained recognition in the international film community. IN BETWEEN, a documentary by Andrea Acosta, screened at Doc NYC 2022, and Vincent Mocco's short THE LAST DELIVERY received "Best Comedy Film" at the Austin After Dark Film Festival. Celina Torrealba’s documentary short THE BREEDING SHED won “Best Sound & Music” at the Toronto Feedback Female Film Festival, and was an official selection for many international festivals, including the Amsterdam Short Film Festival and the Dubai Indie Film Festival. June Isshiki's animated short LULLABY OF THE MERMAID was selected for the Student World Impact Film Festival and the Sittannavasal International Film Festival.
Maddie is currently pursuing her Master’s in Music Theory and Composition - Screen Scoring at New York University (Steinhardt ’23). She has studied under Mandy Hoffman, Paul Chihara, Dr. John Wallace, Dr. Richard Cornell, and, while studying abroad at the Royal College of Music in London, Dr. Haris Kittos. During her undergraduate years at Boston University, Stephenson received the School of Music Departmental Award for Music Theory & Composition (2021). She has acquired multiple awards for concert piano performance, such as Finalist for the Emilio del Rosario piano concerto competition, and multiple first-place prizes from the North Shore Music Teachers’ Association Sonata Competition. Maddie has thoroughly enjoyed her journey as a musician thus far, and looks forward to completing her Master’s degree in 2023.
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