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  1. DMA, Music Composition: 1987, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  2. MM, Music Composition: 1982, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  3. BM, Music Composition: 1977, University of South Mississippi, Hattiesburg

  4. Additional studies include private conducting study with Massimo Pradella (Rome, Italy, 1988) and many brief private study experiences in improvisation and arranging/scoring.

Teaching Experience

  1. University of Louisville: Professor of Theory and Composition (since 1988)

  2. Indiana University: Visiting Professor of Composition (full-time, Spring 1999)

  3. University of Utah: Visiting Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition (1985-86)

  4. University of Michigan: Teaching Fellow (1982-85)

  5. Eastern Michigan University: Music Director for Dance Division (1979-82)

Selected Awards and Distinctions

  1. Included in Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Ninth Edition (2000)

  2. Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome (1987-88)

  3. Meet The Composer Residency (Louisville) (1995-98)

  4. Hinrichsen Composition Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1995)

  5. National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship (individual, direct fellowship, 1990)

  6. Ives Composition Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1985)

  7. Kentucky Arts Council - Al Smith Artist Award (1990, 1996, 2003)

  8. National Advisory Board Member - League/ISCM

  9. Kentucky Music Teachers Association's Commissioned Composer of the Year (1993)

  10. Recipient of seven University of Louisville grants or awards, including the 1999 and 2005 President's Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity and the 1992 President's Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

  11. ASCAP awards (annually since 1993)


  1. 2014: Nevolution, Mike Tunnell, Centaur Records (3397)

  2. 2012: Steve Rouse, Chamber Music, Centaur Records (CRC 3188)

  3. 2011: Flying Boy, Free Flying by Brett Shuster, Albany Records, (TROY 1318 )

  4. 2010: Identity Singing, Clarinet in Song, Dallas and Edie Tidwell, Centaur Records (CRC 3030)

  5. 2010: Cello Sonata, Paul York, Centaur Records (2989)

  6. 2002: Angel Fire (wind ensemble) - Washington Winds, Garwood Whaley, conducting

  7. 2000: Shadow Rounds (trumpet ensemble) - Michael Tunnell, "Passages" - Centaur Records (CRC-2586)

  8. 1998: Enigma (alto saxophone and string orchestra) - Michael Tracy and the Louisville Strings, Kim Lloyd conductComposersing - U of L CD

  9. 1998: Crop Circles (piano solo) - Thomas Hoppe - U of L Composers CD

  10. 1998: I Do Want More (from the chamber opera, The Mousewife) - Edith Davis, soprano and Steve Rouse, narrator (with flute, 'cello, piano) - U of L Composers CD

  11. 1997: Into the Light (orchestra) - Cincinnati Symphony, "Into the Light" - Telarc Records (CD-80462)

  12. 1996: The Avatar (trumpet and piano) and A Flying Leap! (seven trumpets) - Michael Tunnell, "Lumen" - Coronet Records (CD COR-401-5)

  13. 1995: More Light (trumpet and piano) - Michael Tunnell, "Mixed Doubles" - Coronet Records (CD COR-401-2)

  14. 1994: Enigma (trumpet and string orchestra) - Seattle Symphony, Schwarz, Silberschlag, "The American Trumpet" - Delos Records (DE-3187)

  15. 1993: The Avatar (trumpet and piano) - Ray Mase, "Trumpet in Our Time" - Summit Records (CDC 148)


  1. C.F. Peters Corp. (ASCAP)

  2. MMB (ASCAP)

  3. Manhattan Beach Music


  5. Between 1988 and 1990 all works published by the American Composers Alliance.

Other Publication

  1. In Theory Only

  2. "Hexachords and Their Trichordal Generators: An Introduction," December 1985, Volume 8, Number 8, pp.19-43     Download the article... RouseHexArticleComplete.pdf

Miscellaneous Responsibilities - University of Louisville School of Music

  1. Division Head, Theory and Composition (2002-09)

  2. Director of New Music Festival (2002-09)

  3. Co-Head of Division (sabbatical year): Composition Coordinator and Division Personnel Coordinator (2005-06)

  4. Division Co-Chair (2001-2002)

  5. Grawemeyer Competition Juror, First Round (periodically since 1989)

  6. Director of 20th Century Concert Series (1989-90)

  7. Liaison to Louisville Orchestra for collaborative New Dimensions Concert Series (1990-92, 1994, 1996-98)

  8. Graduate Faculty member (since 1988)

University Courses Taught (in order of frequency)

  1. Composition (first-year students through Graduate Thesis Advising)

  2. Composition Seminar

  3. Orchestration (2 semester sequence)

  4. Freshman Theory

  5. Sophomore Theory

  6. Form Analysis (2 semester sequence)

  7. Graduate Theory Review

  8. Counterpoint - 16th and 18th Century

  9. Advanced Counterpoint - 16th and 18th Century (private study)

  10. Grawemeyer Collection survey (independent study)

  11. Keyboard improvisation for dance accompanists (through a collaborative grant between the University of Louisville and the Jefferson County Public Schools)

  12. Advanced Orchestration (private study)

  13. Independent Study in Finale music notation software

  14. Director of Improvisation Ensemble (2008-09 and sporadically previously)

Committee Responsibilities - University of Louisville School of Music

  1. Dean's Advisory Committee

  2. University Distinguished Scholars Committee

  3. Faculty Committee

  4. Personnel Committee

  5. Faculty Grievance Committee

  6. Faculty Senate

  7. Graduate Committee of the School of Music

  8. Library Committee

  9. New Music Festival Committee (since 1998)

  10. Member and/or Chair - numerous faculty search committees

  11. Technology Committee


  1. Meet the Composer Louisville Composer in Residence

  2. -Worked with local government and social service agencies to create outreach opportunities.

  3. -Worked with public school students, teachers, and administrators developing and implementing music outreach programs.

  4. -Gave 113 presentations or workshops in the public schools (1995-98)

  5. -Composed music for many levels of public school ensembles.

  6. -Produced a professional CD for the River City Drum Corps, an African drumming ensemble of youth from inner city Louisville.

  7. -Created the Young Composers program that taught music composition to nearly 600 public school students.

  8. Served as a consultant for "young composer" programs in other cities, including a very successful program started in Philadelphia by composer Tina Davidson.

  9. Music Director for the Dance Division of Eastern Michigan University

  10. Duties included an emphasis on piano improvisation, primarily for modern dance classes, but also live improvisational "creative collaborations" with choreographers. Additional duties included extensive audio production for concerts, teaching music theory classes for dancers, and supervision of all audio-visual resources.

  11. Producer and Principal Arranger for "Solid Sound," an Ann Arbor, Michigan, state-of-the-art recording studio servicing clients throughout the Detroit/Ann Arbor region (1981-85)

  12. Regular professional activities included writing, arranging, conducting, contracting, producing/editing, and serving as session keyboardist for a wide range of recording sessions and projects, including the following styles and idioms: radio and television jingles, R and B, rock and roll, country, jazz, mainstream pop, children's music, ethnic music, and a variety of gospel styles and traditions, among others.

  13. Co-founder and co-owner of a commercial music company specializing in music for the advertising industry (1984-85)

  14. Active jazz and popular music pianist (1970-85, 1992-95)

Steve Rouse, composer