Discipline: Music Composition

Joshua Stamper

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Collingswood, NJ
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Joshua Stamper has been a composer and collaborator for more than 25 years. His work reflects a deep interest in the intersection points between seemingly disparate music, and a profound love for the intimacy, charm, and potency of chamber music. Equally at home in the jazz, classical, avant-garde, and indie worlds, his work ranges from large-scale choral and instrumental works to art-pop song cycles to chamber jazz suites. Joshua has worked as an orchestral arranger for Sony/BMG and for independent labels Domino, Dead Oceans, Important Records, Smalltown Supersound, and Mason Jar Music.

Joshua's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation, the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and the Eric Stokes Foundation. He is also the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, the Lincoln City Fellowship, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

Joshua's current work, “Elements,” is a four-part, transdisciplinary series exploring the physical, environmental, cultural, and philosophical significance of the four classical elements and the specific ways their movements have shaped the city of Philadelphia, its culture, and its history.

At MacDowell, he wrote 41 etudes in preparation for composing a thing that can ignite can go, a substantial new work for string quartet (The Daedalus Quartet) and percussion sextet (Mantra Percussion), to be performed in conjunction with immersive renderings of a new architecture (Billie Faircloth). a thing that can ignite can go is part three of “Elements”, and is expected to be premiered in late 2020 or early 2021.



Joshua Stamper worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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