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

The Now and Present Flute. Composer. iTunes (1994)


Three Figures and A Ground, Patricia Spencer, flute, Linda Hall, piano, The Now and Present Flute (1994), Neuma 450-88

The Music of Stephen Jaffe, Volume I. Composer. Bridge Records, Jaffe Vol. 1 (1994)


The Rhythm Of The Running Plough, Double Sonata, and Four Songs With Ensemble, Bridge CD BCD 9047. Speculum Musicae, D'Anna Fortunato, Anton Nel, Barry Snyder, Prism Orchestra (1994), The Music of Stephen Jaffe, vol. I (1994), Bridge Records, Inc.

American Music for String Quartet. Composer. iTunes (1993)


First Quartet for string quartet, Ciompi Quartet, American Music for String Quartet (1993), Albany Records, Troy CD 073

Greenbaum, Hyla, Barkin & Jaffe: Chamber Works. Composer. Archiv Music (1983)


Centering, for two violins, Linda Quan, Curtis Macomber, violins. Originally issued on C.R.I. 513 (1983)


Four Pieces Quasi Sonata for Viola and Piano. Composer. (2006)


Stephen Jaffe, Four Pieces Quasi Sonata for Viola and Piano, 144-40544 - piano score and part (2006), Merion Music, Inc. (Theodore Presser Co.). Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation, Harvard University, and first performed by Jonathan Bagg, viola

Poetry of the Piedmont (Poesis Piementosa). Composer. (2006)


Stephen Jaffe, Poetry of the Piedmont, 446-41245 (study score) (2006), Merion Music, Inc. (Theodore Presser Co.). Commissioned by the North Carolina Symphony as part of its "Postcards from North Carolina" project honoring the 75th anniversary of the orch

String Quartet No. 2 ("Aeolian and Sylvan Figures"). Composer. (2006)


Stephen Jaffe, String Quartet No. 2 ("Aeolian and Sylvan Figures"), 144-40506 (full score) (Spring, 2006), Merion Music, Inc. (Theodore Presser Co.). Commissioned by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for the Miami Quartet

CUT TIME for Orchestra. Composer. (2005)


Stephen Jaffe, CUT TIME for Orchestra (2005). Orchestral version of Cut Time Shout. First performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin and Emil de Cou, conductors, March 9-18, 2005

Con Sordino for violin and piano. Composer. (2005)


Stephen Jaffe, Con Sordino for violin and piano (2005). Con Sordino for Violin and Piano (2005) is dedicated to the Classical Recording Foundation, and was first performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, November 22, 2005 by Gregory Fulker

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. Composer. The Kennedy Center (2004)


Print (Study score; parts on rental)
Concerto For Violoncello and Orchestra
Stephen Jaffe
Full Score - Study
Item Number: 446-41195

Cut-Time Shout. Composer. Theodore Presser Co. Publication (Print) (2004)


Cut-Time Shout, 2004, Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Theodore Presser Company Publication: 140-40099

Homage to the Breath: Instrumental and Vocal Meditations for Mezzo soprano and Ten Instruments,. Composer. Bridge Recording (2001)


Homage to the Breath: Instrumental and Vocal Meditations for Mezzo soprano and Ten Instruments, 2001, Barlow Endowment, Brigham Young University and Twentieth Century Consort (Washington, DC)

Published by Theodore Presser Company

Designs, for flute, guitar and percussion. Composer. (2001)


Designs, for flute, guitar and percussion, 2001