Faculty Profile

Stephen Newby

Stephen Newby

Professor of Music; Director of Composition; Director of the Center for Worship

Email: newbys@spu.edu
Office: Crawford 207

Education: BA, Madonna University, 1984; MM, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1987; MA, Seattle Pacific University, 2019; DMA, University of Michigan, 1994. At SPU since 2004.

Dr. Stephen Newby is a composer, conductor, gospel/jazz vocalist, and pianist. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education and Flute Performance from Madonna College in Livonia, Michigan. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. There, his studies in composition were under the supervision of Robert Sutton, Frederick Tillis, Jeff Holmes, and Robert Stern. He returned to Michigan to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There, he studied with William Albright, Michael Daugherty, George Wilson, Fred Lerdahl, and Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett.

In addition to directing the Center for Worship, Dr. Newby serves as director for the SPU Gospel Choir and the Worship Arts Ensemble. He has served as a worship pastor for more than 25 years in Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, and California.

Selected Commissions

  • 2012  Prayer Song (trumpet, string orchestra and Soprano solo) 
  • 2010  Blessed are the Poor in Spirit (Music for John Perkins Film) 
  • 2010  Our Enduring Spirit (for Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Choir) 

Selected Works

  • 2005  Rondo Oratorio (chamber orchestra, SATB soloists and chorus)
  • 1998  Montage for Martin (chamber orchestra, rhythm section and chamber singers)
  • 2005  Precious Lord (choir, string orchestra and alto solo) 
  • 2004  Gospel Cantata for Easter (choir/brass quintet and rhythm section)
  • 2000  Testimonials (woodwind quintet and choir)

Published Recordings

  • 2012  TKTG: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 
  • 2010  TKTG: Psalms, Laments and Meditations 
  • 2009  The Kingdom and The Gospel 
  • 2007  We Have A Home 
  • 2005  Promise Keepers Live in America

Please view Dr. Newby's C.V. (PDF) for additional information.


Faculty Performers: Universal Language Project
Prayer Song, by Stephen Michael Newby
Chérie Hughes, Soprano; Brian Chin, Trumpet

Stephen Newby teaching

Why I Teach at SPU

Stephen Newby, Associate Professor of Music; Director of Composition

"I love to teach music at SPU because I get to equip and nurture the next generation of creators, innovators, inventors, and artists. Teaching is an extraordinary gift from God. I believe the Wise Creator is the giver of every good and perfect gift. Therefore, I am blessed to teach."

Stephen Newby

Dr. Stephen Newby, associate professor of music, director of composition, and director of the Gospel Choir, leads fans in the national anthem at nearly every Seattle Sounders FC home game.

Photo courtesy of Peter Haley, News Tribune.