Stephen Bachicha is a composer most interested in blending the beauty and fun in both listening to and performing music. He has had solo as well as ensemble works performed throughout the United States and in parts of Europe. His works have been noted to be “…a thoroughly entertaining bumptious phantasmagoria of American sass…”, and are often inspired by visual art and sometimes humorous ideas. Recently, at a premiere, he was approached and was told, "I usually hate new music, but I absolutely LOVED that!"
He was named as one of the 10 mentees for the NATS 2022-23 Mentoring Program for Composers. His Cello Concerto, Atlas non-finito, inspired by the unfinished sculptures of Michelangelo, was premiered by the Houston Civic Symphony and cellist Norman Fischer. His orchestral work Allusions, Illusions & Delusions was selected as the winner of the 2014 Marilyn K. Glick Young Composers Competition by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. His song cycle New Mexico Fragments, commissioned by Susanne Mentzer, was awarded 3rd place for the NATS Art Song Composition Competition. For two consecutive years, two solo flute pieces Red Stilettos and N’Awlins Funks were premiered at the National Flute Convention. Houston-based Omni Brass premiered his work Three Sculptural Impressions at the MenilFest exhibit at the Menil Collection of Art.
Stephen holds degrees both in Music Composition and Restaurant management/Culinary Arts from Syracuse University, where he studied with Nic Scherzinger and Daniel Godfrey. At UNLV, he studied composition from Virko Baley and Jorge Grossman and Conducting from Taras Krysa and David Weiller. He received his Doctorate Degree from Rice University studying primarily with Art Gottshalk and Kurt Stallman.
In addition to his compositional activities, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife Liz, and two little dudes Peter and Owen.