Stephen Stanziano

Adjunct Faculty, Composition & Double Bass Lesson Instructor


Stephen teaches the following courses: History of Rock and Roll, History of Jazz, Survey of American Music, Introduction to Music Literature, Acoustic Bass lessons, Electric Bass lessons.

Stephen Stanziano is an active composer, educator, and bassist in Northeast Ohio, and holds a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Kent State University. His works have been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Collective, Grammy-award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, baritone Andrew White, several Cleveland Orchestra members including violist Lisa Boyko, flautist Peter Bloom, members of the Greater Cleveland Flute Society, the Gruca White Ensemble, and The Cleveland Chamber Symphony. His music has been recorded by the Gruca White Ensemble on Big Round Records, the St. Cecilia Foundation, and performed live throughout the United States and Europe, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His commissions include works for The Panoramicos, John Carroll University’s Schola Cantorum, The Lakeland Community College Civic Band, baritone José Gotera, and pianist Randall Fusco. He is a 2022 ASCAPLUS award winner, past president of the Cleveland Composers Guild, and on the music faculty at Cleveland State University, Hiram College, and Lakeland Community College. Stephen and his wife live in Lyndhurst, Ohio.


  • Ph.D., Music Theory and Composition, Kent State University,
  • M.A., Music Composition, Kent State University
  • B.Mus., Composition, Cleveland State University

Research Interests

  • Baroque music of the New World
  • Mexican composer Manuel de Sumaya

Selected Publications

  • Learning To Listen: Practical Studies in Melody and Rhythm, Albert, Post, Spondike, Stanziano, 1999

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