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Connor Stevens


Connor Stevens

Assistant Professor

Music and Theatre


Connor Stevens is the Assistant Professor of Music - Percussion at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Prior to coming to Fort Smith, Dr. Stevens served briefly as the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Missouri where he taught undergraduate and graduate applied lessons, directed the University Percussion Ensemble, and hosted masterclasses featuring numerous artists and educators from the country’s leading orchestras and institutions. He has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Eastman Broadband. Performances have taken Dr. Stevens across the U.S. and abroad, including appearances in China, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and Canada. 

As a founding member of Frozen Earth Duo, alongside percussionist Brant Blackard, Stevens has performed and presented at several colleges and universities, including the Florida State University, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Central Arkansas. The duo has also performed and presented at the 2018 Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, Interlochen Arts Academy, 2019 Ontario Day of Percussion, 2017 McCormick Marimba Festival, and the 2016 Atlanta Percussion Symposium.

Dr. Stevens can be heard on several recordings, including IMAGES: Music of Jeff Tyzik and Sierra Live: Music by Roberto Sierra with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Firefish: The Music of Blake Tyson, and Volumes 1 and 2 with the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble. 

Dr. Stevens holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University. He is an artist/endorser for Malletech instruments and mallets.