Stephan Prock
Stephan Prock

Stephan Prock is currently a Senior Lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music where he teaches composition and film music. Before joining the NZSM Stephan also taught at The University of Richmond, The College of William and Mary and The University of Virginia where, in addition to his duties as a composer, he was Director of the New Music Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mobile University, a Master of Music Degree in Composition from The Florida State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steven Stucky and Karel Husa.

Stephan has written music for a variety of electronic and acoustic media and his works have been performed throughout New Zealand, the U.S. and in Europe. Stradivariazioni was commissioned by violinist Martin Riseley and pianist Diedre Irons, and was premiered on their recent national tour of New Zealand.

In addition to his compositional activities, Stephan Prock is active as a scholar and critic of film music. His article, Music, Gender and the Politics of Performance in Singin’ in the Rain, appeared in the December 2000 issue of the Colby Quarterly. He has also presented his work on film music at a number of national and international conferences including the National Meetings of the American Musicological Society, The Society for Ethnomusicology, the Lyrica Society and the Royal Musical Association in England. Currently he is working on a book centred on the relationship of music to issues of gender and subjectivity in postwar Hollywood cinema.