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University of Illinois Chicago music composer conductor Dean

Steve Everett is currently Provost and Senior Vice President at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. From 2018-2021, he served as Executive Vice President and Provost at Adelphi University in New York. Previously, he was Dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which houses four schools, Architecture, Design, Art & Art History, and Theatre & Music, plus the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Gallery 400 contemporary art gallery, and Innovation Center.


Prior to UIC, he was Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Music, and Director of both the Music-Audio Research Center and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at Emory University in Atlanta where he taught for 23 years. He also served as Chair of the Department of Music, Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Chair of the Faculty Council, and President of the University Senate.


He has also been Visiting Professor of Music at Princeton University and a guest composer at Eastman School of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, and Utrecht School of the Arts.


Recent compositions involve performers with computer-controlled electronics and have been performed in twenty-seven different countries throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, including at IRCAM and INA-GRM Radio France in Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, The Esplanade-Singapore, Korea Computer Music Festival, Melbourne-Australia, Royal Northern College of Music-England, Amerika Haus in Cologne-Germany, Tokyo Denki University-Japan, ICMC, SEAMUS, and Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Music Midtown in New York. 


He has received composition awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Chamber Music America, NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, American Composers Forum, and International Trumpet Guild. He is recorded on SCI, Crystal, Mark, Frog Peak and ACA Digital Records. He has been a senior research fellow at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, Liguria Foundation in Bogliasco, Italy, and at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. In 1998 he received the Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts, awarded by the City of Atlanta, the city’s highest recognition of artistic achievement. 


In addition to conducting opera and orchestral repertoire, he has presented over 200 works of contemporary music as co-artistic director and conductor of Thamyris New Music Ensemble in Atlanta from 1991-2006. He also founded and directed the Emory Javanese Gamelan Ensemble from 1996-2006.


D.M.A. 1988 Music Composition        University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.M. 1977 Trumpet Performance       Florida State University

M.M. 1976 Music Theory                     Florida State University

B.M. 1975 Music History & Literature Florida State University


Composition:      Peter Maxwell Davies    Dartington Hall, England

                             Witold Lutosławski         Dartington Hall

Conducting:        Pierre Boulez                  Carnegie Hall, NY

                             Otto-Werner Mueller     National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado

                             Edo de Waart                 Conductor’s Institute, San Francisco

Javanese Gamelan                                     Center for World Music Bali and Java, Indonesia

Indian music, Rotary Fellowship                Andhra Pradesh, India

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