Stephen Cook received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied composition with Dr. Samuel Douglas and piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Max Camp. Additional studies were with Edith Oppens at the Aspen School of Music and with Dr. Manuel Alvarez at the Conductors Institute, University of South Carolina. While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Dr. Cook served as an assistant lecturer in the Keyboard Studies Department under the direction of Stewart Gordon. From 1996-2012 he served on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and from 1996-2004 was the Director of the Pianist Program at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California, a nationally recognized pre-professional arts conservatory. He has served on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (including as President) and is a former Research Program Specialist with the Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute at the University of California, Irvine. From 2002-2017 he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Whittier College; he currently serves as Dean of Arts at the California School of the Arts | San Gabriel Valley and as a faculty member at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Stephen Cook is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for such organizations as the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Past activities included adjudication of the Pro-Romania International Piano Competition in Bucharest, Romania, performance and master classes in Tokyo, Japan, Carnegie Hall, New York and numerous concert appearances with Broadway talent Susan Egan. Musical Director/Arranger/Composer for: Into the Woods, Urinetown: The Musical, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Beowulf, The Crucible, Romeo & Juliet, Rent, Hairspray, Next to Normal and others; sacred anthems published by Abingdon Press; composer/arranger for numerous musicals for children, film and web soundscapes and orchestral arrangements for performances by Susan Egan.