14 September 2011
Stephen Stanfield (1966-2011)
The Brisbane-based composer and music educator Stephen Stanfield has died at the age of 45 on 13 September 2011. Stanfield was known as an inspirational teacher and colleague, and a composer with broad musical interests. As such he was also in demand as a music director and convenor of events. Most recently Stanfield had been undertaking doctoral studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he had completed his Master's degree in 2000. Stanfield's composition teachers included Gerard Brophy, Mary Mageau and Richard Mills.
Stanfield's compositions have been performed and broadcast in Australia, New Zealand, Holland and the US; his music was commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists, the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music, and the Lyrebird Ensemble, among others. His music was included on education CDs produced by the Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras (into the storm) and the Southern Cross Soloists (are you there?). He was also involved as composer and surround-sound designer in interdisciplinary site-specific collaborations.
Stanfield appeared as guest lecturer in composition and music technology at secondary schools in Brisbane and Mackay, and lectured in composition, contextual music studies, and music technology at Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, and Queensland University of Technology.
From 2005, Stephen Stanfield was Director of Music and coordinator of music programs at the Anglican Church Grammar School in East Brisbane. Family and friends are invited to the funeral service at the school's chapel, Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane, on Friday 16 September at 1 pm (no flowers by request - envelopes for donations to Cancer Council Queensland will be available at the chapel).
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