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.