Recent years have seen composer Steven Serpa working with ensembles and opera companies around the country. His An Invocation, for oboe and string orchestra, was premiered by the Austin Symphony Orchestra and performed on the TreeFalls new music series in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Theater critics have praised his one-act opera Thyrsis & Amaranth as a "truly beautiful, magnificent little story jammed full of thought and feeling and meaning" with “gorgeous music and wrenching lyrics.” Since its premiere, it has been produced by opera companies in Austin, Cincinnati, Halifax, Hartford, St. Louis, and recently at Syracuse University. Upcoming projects include james (book of ruth), an oratorio tackling HIV stigma being premiered this December in Los Angeles by the Chorosynthesis Singers and Urlicht Fantasy for the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. Originally from Rhode Island, Steven has earned degrees in vocal performance, early music performance, and composition. He’s studied with composers Tom Cipullo in New York, Larry Alan Smith and Stephen Gryč at the Hartt School, and with Donald Grantham and Dan Welcher at the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition.