The SONATA FOR HORN AND PIANO was begun in 1991 while the composer was a Doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music. Two additional movements were added in 2003 to create the SONATA as a 21st birthday present for Shewan's niece, Emily, who premiered the work in April 2004 at Roberts Wesleyan College. Much of the piece is generated from material of the two main themes in the opening movement. The second movement transforms those ideas into lyrical and passionate neo-romantic music, whereas the final movement breaks out into a kind of Latin dance/music/rock and roll, driving to a wild climax at the end.
Stephen Shewan has composed music for numerous media, including orchestra, string quartet, chamber ensembles, symphonic band, solo voice, choir and piano. His music has been performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the US Army Strings, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Choir, and numerous other choirs, orchestras, bands, chamber ensembles and soloists across the United States, Europe and Australia. He received a BS in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, an MM in Horn Performance from Ithaca College, and a DMA in Music Education/Composition from the Eastman School of Music where his primary teacher was Samuel Adler. He is an active guest composer, conductor, pianist, and clinician. Shewan lives with his beautiful wife, Ruthie, his dog Jubal, and his cat Precious.