Stephen Stanziano

Adjunct Faculty, Composition & Double Bass Lesson Instructor


Stephen Stanziano is an active composer, educator and bassist in northeast Ohio who 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, the Gruca White Ensemble, The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the Almeda Trio, among others.

His music has been performed 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, The Hiram Chamber Orchestra, baritone José Gotera, and pianist Randall Fusco.

He is a 2018 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. His music has been broadcast worldwide at

At Hiram, he teaches courses in the history of jazz and rock & roll, as well as music literature and American music.


  • 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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