Jamison Stevens (b. 2000) is an undergraduate composition major and religious studies minor at the University of Redlands in Southern California, class of 2022. He has been playing piano since the tenth grade and has been studying voice since his first year at the University. He has studied with distinguished musicians including Cindy Snyder, Louanne Long, Anthony Suter, Andre Myers, and Nicholle Andrews. He currently sings under Andrews' direction in the University of Redlands Chapel Singers.
A number of Jamison's works have been premiered at the University of Redlands, including Hymns of the Nativity (2019), a two-movement work for choir and orchestra which he co-composed with Timothy Cunningham as a first-year student. Hymns of the Nativity was premiered at the 72nd Annual Feast of Lights, a renowned tradition at the University of Redlands. Jamison and Timothy were the first students in the history of the Feast of Lights to compose the masterwork of the program. Jamison's own choral composition, The Mother and the Child (2020), will be premiered at the 74th Annual Feast of Lights by the University of Redlands Chapel Singers.
Jamison and Timothy have also worked together to compose 12 and Change (2021), a work for choir and piano, dedicated to Krista L. Newkirk, J.D., upon her appointment as the twelfth president of the University of Redlands. The two collaborated with Dr. Art Svenson, the David Boies Professor of Government at the University of Redlands, who wrote the text for the work.
Jamison has also had his compositions premiered at a number of recital series and church services, including A Prayer of the Lowly One (2020), Romance for Viola and Piano (2021), and A Dedication of Faith (2021). Jamison's choral work, Ubi caritas (2020), was premiered virtually by the Chapel Singers at a compline service in 2021; the piece is dedicated to Dr. Ralph Kuncl, eleventh president of the University of Redlands.
After graduation, Jamison intends to pursue a graduate degree as a choral conductor and music educator, and plans to continue composing.
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STUDENTS WRITE THE FEAST OF LIGHTS ‘MASTERWORK’
November 14, 2019
Since the annual University of Redlands Feast of Lights was conceived in 1947, this musical portrait of the birth of Christ has been renowned for its artistry— the music, the costumes, the tableaux, the candlelight — as well as for its hopeful, joyous spirit. This year’s performance is even more exceptional, as the composers of the show’s musical centerpiece are U of R music composition majors Jamison Stevens ’22 and Timothy Cunningham ’22.
A handful of students have written music for the Feast of Lights before, but Stevens and Cunningham, who are also members of U of R’s Chapel Singers, are the first ever to have composed the central “masterwork.”
THESE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS STUDENTS SCORED A FIRST AT THE ANNUAL FEAST OF LIGHTS
November 29, 2019
Two University of Redlands sophomores are the first students to compose the musical centerpiece for the longstanding Feast of Lights celebration. The composition is also their first orchestral piece, and it’s in Greek.
Only a handful of students have written any of the music for the Redlands Christmas tradition since it was conceived in 1947, but Jamison Stevens and Timothy Cunningham did not let that deter them.
They were inspired in 2018 after attending their first Feast as students at the college.
“We were both profoundly impacted by the beauty of the event,” Stevens said in an email. “The Feast of Lights is such a unique event, and is so rich and deep in meaning for the community, and that really stuck with me in particular.”
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
June 16, 2021
When the University of Redlands 2020 Summer Piano Camp was canceled because of COVID-19, students and organizers tapped into their “the show must go on” determination to create a whole new experience using video.
U of R Summer Piano Camp, a week-long workshop for intermediate to advanced pianists ages 9-18, has been held on the main U of R campus since 2008. Artist Professor of Piano Louanne Long, who is executive director of the camp, said there is high anticipation for the program and many of the campers return year after year.
When the pandemic sent the University into lockdown and plans for the 2020 camp were canceled, there was a pause to lament and then the Bulldog spirit kicked in.