Stephen Jaffe

Stephen Jaffe

Mary D. B. T. and James H. Semans Professor of Music Composition, in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

External Address: 
079 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
(919) 660-3317

My recent collaborations have been with the National Symphony Orchestra, The North Carolina Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and have included orchestral works (Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Poetry of the Piedmont, and Cut Time) as well as chamber music (String Quartet No. 2 ("Sylvan and Aeolian Figures"). Fortunately, I am also able to pursue recording of my music, and to collaborate with other musicians on recording projects. This is ongoing, in particular with the third volume of recordings for Bridge, Inc. and recent release of Elation on Albany in 2014, including Four Pieces Quasi Sonata for viola and piano.  These recordings have involved collaboration with my Duke colleagues,  the 21st Century Consort (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution), the North Carolina Symphony, and and the Odense Symphony Orchestra of Denmark. I see my life as a composer involving creation; collaboration, and advocacy for the art of music (including education, curation, and engagement with musical institutions).  

To find out about any of my works, please consult the website Stephen Jaffe, Composer or related sites by Theodore Presser Company and Bridge Records.  Most of the music is in print; for availability consult the Theodore Presser Company website.

To read about activities involving a form of teaching about which I am very devoted, please see the statement under Mentoring.


  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania 1978
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania 1977

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Composer. Theodore Presser Company (1999)


The work was created for Nicholas Kitchen, violin solo, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, who gave the first performances in March 2000.

Spinoff. Composer. Published score, Theodore Presser Co. (1997)


Written for David Starobin's Newdance collection.

Offering. Composer. (1996)


for flute, harp and viola. Published Theodore Presser Co.

Chamber Concerto ("Singing Figures"). Composer. Bridge Records (1994)


Chamber Concerto ("Singing Figures") for Oboe and Six Instruments, 1994.

Score published by Theodore Presser Company:
Item Number: 446-41199 (Purchase)
Score and Parts Available on rental

Triptych for piano and woodwind quintet. Composer. (1992)


Triptych for piano and woodwind quintet, 1992, Hexagon, New York, and Raleigh Chamber Music Guild 50th Anniversary

First Quartet. Composer. Theodore Presser Company (1990)


First Quartet (1990) for String Quartet, 1990, Ciompi Quartet

Fort Juniper Songs; Seven Poems of Robert Francis for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano. Composer. Publication by Theodore Presser Company (1989)


Fort Juniper Songs; Seven Poems of Robert Francis for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano.

Double Sonata for two pianos. Composer. Theodore Presser Company Publication (1988)


Double Sonata for two pianos. NY TImes review of the premiere by Anton Nel and Barry Snyder, Alice Tully Hall:

Four Songs With Ensemble. Composer. (1988)


Four Songs With Ensemble, 1988, North Carolina Arts Council/ An Appalachian Summer (Boone, NC)