Stephen Yee
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As well as finishing his undergraduate  degree in jazz studies, he completed his honors college certificate with a 40 page thesis paper on  jazz composition, and graduated summa cum laude. 

During his junior and senior years at Mason Gross, Stephen challenged himself to write a new  composition every week of the semester.  This self imposed task resulted in the completion of over  40 pieces of music.  As well as playing saxophone, composition became a vital vessel of self  expression. 

 

This combination of instrumental rigor and compositional diligence paid off when, Stephen had the  distinct honor of being accepted to the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency of 2021 - This  residency is a highly competitive, audition only experience for jazz composers and musicians. Free  of charge, the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency provides its musicians with two weeks of  lodging in Delaware, private lessons, masterclasses, rehearsals, jam sessions, and performance  opportunities, culminating in a showcase at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. 

 

Currently, Stephen works as a K-5 music teacher at the Chester Community Charter School, helps  with the Penncrest Jazz Band, and hopes to expand to more performance and compositional  opportunities.