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

Three Images for Chorus and Instruments. Composer. (1979)


Three Images for Chorus and Instruments, 1979, Moravian College Choir, Bethlehem, Pa

Centering. Composer. Schott (1978)


Premiere at the Composers Conference, Vermont, August 1978. Linda Quan and Curtis Macomber, violins. NB: This score was published by Mobart Music, Inc., and is now available through Schott.
Published: Schott Music (HL.49018557)

Un Dialogo Possibile. Composer. (1976)


Un Dialogo Possibile. The title was drawn from the title of an exhibition of surrealist paintings by Franco Lastraeoli.