Image of S. Savage, from photograph by Greg Leonard, 1994


Stephen William Savage, Composer, Teacher, and Pianist

Summary and Professional Profile

Mr. Savage is a versatile professional musician, with extensive teaching experience at college and secondary levels as well as private studio. He is experienced in Music Composition, Theory and Piano pedagogy, and is now a part-time instructor of music theory and composition at the Extension Division of a major college of music. Prior to that he was a faculty member and administrator at a community school for the arts and faculty member at a major college of music. He is an active composer with a substantial catalogue of publicly performed works, published by Danforth Music, ASCAP. He is a pianist/accompanist with expertise in both classical and jazz idioms.

He also has experience in providing Information Technology consulting services for a major financial institution and for a major IT outsourcing company.

Teaching Experience

New England Conservatory, Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education (formerly Extension Division), Boston, MA 1980-present

Faculty Member

    • Classes in music theory (including musicianship, sight-singing, conducting and written theory practice) for students aged 9-18
    • Classes at NEC School of Continuing Education in theory and composition
    • Private lessons in sight-singing, basic keyboard skills, harmony, and counterpoint
    • Private lessons in theory and composition

Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA 1989-1997


    • Theory and composition instruction in LA II, an independent study program

Choral Accompanist

Indian Hill Arts (now Indian Hill Music Center), Littleton, MA 1985-92

Faculty Member

    • Private piano instruction
    • Taught a number of musicianship classes and jazz improvisation workshops

Groton Center for the Arts, Groton, MA 1982-1985

Faculty Member

    • Piano instruction for students of all ages; preparation for workshops and recitals
    • Assisted in creation of curriculum for Music Skills course, including conducting and sight-singing

Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA 1975-1980

Faculty Member

    • Taught classes in harmony, counterpoint and the Style Analysis class (analysis of music literature in historical context)
    • Piano instruction for piano majors and non-majors

Private studio, piano, Boston/Metrowest area 1975-present



Arts Administration Experience

Indian Hill Arts, Littleton, MA 1985-1987

Assistant Director, School of Music

    • Administered enrollment, curriculum, faculty contracts, and student/teacher assignments
    • Organized student recitals and faculty concerts
    • Oversaw use of Music School facilities and equipment
    • Assisted in production of Music School brochures and newsletters


Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, NM 1972

Assistant to the Production Manager

    • Worked with purchasing and inventory
    • Reported to the director on budget and weekly expenditures

Related Experience

Author, Syllabus for Counterpoint, for New England Conservatory Extension Division theory department

Pianist on roster of Curtis International Agency, Boston, MA, 1992-present

    • Engagements at various hotels and other local venues

Music Copyist, Soundtrack Recording Studio, Boston, MA, 1983


Principal Commissioned Works and Awards

Fanflutasy, commissioned by Indian Hill Arts Music School Flute Choir, performed, Harvard, MA, 1992

Suite for Violin and Guitar, winner of New Works Composers Competition sponsored by Groton Center for the Arts, performed Groton School Chapel, 1983, and Jordan Hall, Boston, MA, 1991

Fanfare and Fantasy on Music of Sergei Prokofiev, commissioned by Mark Churchill and Symphony Pro Musica, performed Assabet Valley Regional High School, Marlborough, MA, and City Hall Auditorium, Leominster, MA, 1986

The Pines, commissioned by the Groton Center for the Arts, performed by the New Works Orchestra (a student ensemble) at the Groton School Chapel, 1984

Eternal Return, commissioned by the Mystic Valley Chamber Orchestra, performed First and Second Church, Boston, MA, 1978


Professional Affiliations

Member, ASCAP; catalogue of works published by Danforth Music

Member, New Opera Theater Ensemble (NOTE), an improvisational opera group, Cambridge, MA

See Catalogue of works elsewhere on this site



Additional Experience

Fidelity Investments, Marlborough, MA 1999-2001

Software Engineer/Developer

    • Created programs in SAS to assist the implementation of 401K plans transferred from prior record keepers and loaded the data in Fidelity's standard formats to a major DB2 database.
    • Submitted reports in Fidelity's standard format for audit and client sign-off in Test and Live conversion phases, following Fidelity's strict procedures and documentation methodology.
    • Worked closely with various project managers and conversion analysts.


Keane, Inc., Boston, MA 1997-1999


    • Analyzed Y2K problems for New England Electric Co. as team consultant; this project involved SAS, C, Powerbuilder, VAX VMS Ingres, DB2, JCL and COBOL on PC, midrange and mainframe platforms.
    • Won client recognition for problem solving while assigned to New England Electric Co., and was awarded a "K pin" by Keane.


Education and Professional Training

    • Bachelor of Music With Honors, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
    • Master of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
    • Certificate, Client/Server Technology, Clark University, Framingham, MA
    • Accelerated Software Development Program (ASDP), Keane, Inc., Boston, MA
    • Studies in C++, Boston University, Boston, MA
    • Training in SAS, Fidelity Investments, Marlborough, MA
    • Certificate, Web Technologies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Southborough, MA
    • Completed "Songwriting for Film & TV" BerkleeMusic Online Class


Principal Teachers:

Music Theory

Gerald Zaritzky

James Hoffman

Robert Cogan

George Russell


Malcolm Peyton

Donald Martino

Robert DiDomenica


Resi Stoelker-Neumann

Robert Sherwood

Katja Andy


Charles Banacos


Gregory Passler

Berit Strong

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