Division: Composition & Theory
Position: Professor, Division Coordinator
Office: C-490 HFAC
Steven L. Ricks (b. 1969) received his early musical training as a trombonist in Mesa, AZ. He holds degrees in composition from Brigham Young University (BM), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MM), and the University of Utah (PhD). He received a Certificate of Advanced Musical Studies from King’s College London in 2000, supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Utah.
His teachers have included Morris Rosenzweig, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Bill Brooks, and Michael Hicks. Dr. Ricks has received various awards and honors, including First Prize in the 1999 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition, and three Barlow Endowment Commissions.
He has been a fellow at June in Buffalo and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, and his works have been performed by many leading contemporary music ensembles and performers, including Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, Earplay, the Talujon Percussion Quartet, Rachel Rudich, and pianist Ian Pace. He currently directs the Electronic Music Studio at BYU and is co-director of the Utah Crosstalk electronic music concert series.
PhD, Music Composition, University of Utah, 2001
Certificate of Advanced Musical Studies, King’s College London, 2000
MM, Music Composition, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995
BM, Music Composition, magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, 1993