Stephen Montalvo (b.1984) is an active composer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, as well as an audiovisual installation artist, based in New Orleans, LA. Through his music, he explores concepts related to resonance and rhythmic interplay and draws inspiration from social, ecological, and political concerns. His works have been performed throughout the United States, and internationally at the Osaka University of Arts Electronic Music Festival, by artists and ensembles including the Portland Percussion Group, Rhythm Method String Quartet, Bent Duo, Carlos Cordeiro, Talea Ensemble, Omaha Percussion Ensemble, and numerous scholastic groups. Additional collaborations include audiovisual installation projects for LUNA (Light Up NOLA Arts) Fête, hosted by the New Orleans Arts Council, as well as with the Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave.

As a percussionist, Stephen has participated in performances with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, and the Louis Moreau Institute for New Music Performance. He currently performs nationally with Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium as well as in New Orleans with various local performers.

Stephen holds a Master of Arts in Music Composition from Tulane University where he studied with Maxwell Dulaney and Rick Snow and a Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University, where he studied percussion with Susan Martin Tariq and composition with Joseph Nelson and Robert Denham. Current affiliations include the Society of Composers and the Vic Firth Education Team as a Scholastic Educator and Marching Percussion Specialist.
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Beyond Here – Rythm Method String Quartet w/ pianist Kate Lukacs, March 29, 2019

Erinyes – Johanna Pennington (oboe), Wendy Richman (viola), & Kate Lukacs (piano), March 29, 2019

inNoise – Bent Duo, nienteForte Contemporary Music Concert Series, November 28, 2018

Let’s Say China – May 15, 2018

Interview 1 – Talea Ensemble, nienteForte Contemporary Music Festival, April 3, 2018



2/6 The Consequences of Removal – Portland Percussion Group, nienteForte Contemporary Music Concert Series, premiere (New Orleans, LA)


9/28 Let’s Say China – West Fork New Music Festival (Fairmont, WV)
6/21 Innovations 1 – Geoffrey Miller, Longest Day Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH)
6/6 in Noise – New Music on the Bayou (Monroe, LA)
5/6-7 Selected Reading for Speaker and Tam – Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
3/29 Graduate Recital – Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
2/23 Chess in the Piazza – Oedipus MAX, Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave, installation (New Orleans, LA)


12/10 Shatter – Fixed Media, premiere (New Orleans, LA)
12/6-9 Playable City – LUNA (Light Up NOLA Arts) Fête, installation (New Orleans, LA)
11/28 in NoiseBent Duo, nienteForte Contemporary Music Concert Series
10/26 Let’s Say ChinaComposer, Electric LA-TEX Electronic & Computer Music Festival (New Orleans, LA)
5/8 Innovations 1 – Carlos Cordiero, premiere (New Orleans, LA)
5/7 Let’s Say China – Composer, premiere (New Orleans, LA)
5/4 Erinyes – Recording workshop (New Orleans, LA)
4/27 The Pangolin and the Ants – Tulane University Orchestra, premiere (New Orleans, LA)
4/3 Interview 1 – Talea Ensemble, nienteForte Contemporary Music Festival, premiere (New Orleans, LA)

5/29 A Funky March for a Marionette –Bellaire High School Percussion Ensemble, premiere (Bellaire, TX)

9/9 Quadrance –Omaha Percussion Ensemble (Ames, IA)

4/18 Quadrance – West Texas A&M University Percussion Ensemble (Canyon, TX)

3/26 Quadrance –West Texas A&M Percussion Ensemble, premiere (Canyon, TX)


The Consequences of Removal (2020) 6’
for percussion quartet
premiered by the Portland Percussion Group at the nienteForte Contemporary Concert Series (New Orleans, LA)
Beyond Here (2019)25′
for piano quintet
premiered by the Rhythm Method String Quartet and pianist Katalin Lukacs (New Orleans, LA)
in Noise (2018) – 8’
for piano and percussion
premiered by the Bent Duo at the nienteForte Contemporary Concert Series (New Orleans, LA)
Erinyes (2018) – 8’00”
for oboe, viola, and piano
Interview 1 (2018) – 5’00”
for flute, clarinet, french horn, percussion, soprano, violin, and cello
premiered by the Talea Ensemble at the nienteForte Contemporary Music Festival (New Orleans, LA)
Nighttide from the Shore (2017) – 10’30”
for chamber ensemble (piano, 2 percussion, viola, cello bass)
A Funky March for a Marionette (2016) – 4’30”
for percussion ensemble
premiered by the Bellaire High School percussion ensemble (Bellaire, TX)
Quadrance (2007) – 6’30”
for percussion quartet
premiered by the West Texas A&M University percussion ensemble (Canyon, TX)
Available through Honeyrock Music
The Pangolin and the Ants (2017) – 1’30”
2+1-2-3+1-2; 4-3-3; timp.+1 perc.; strings
premiered by the Tulane University Orchestra (New Orleans, LA)

Innovations 1 (2017) – 7’00” for unaccompanied clarinet and electronic effects pedals
premiered by clarinetist Carlos Castaneda (New Orleans, LA)

Shatter (2018) – 8’00”
for fixed media
Let’s Say China (2018) – 6’00”
for electronic media

Selected Readings for Speaker and Tam (2019)
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
Chess in the Piazza (2019)
Oedipus MAX, the Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave (New Orleans, LA)
Playable City (2018)
LUNA Fête (New Orleans, LA)



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