MUSIC & DRAMA COORDINATOR/INSTRUCTOR
Office: KVW 205
Phone: (252) 493-7493
R. Michael Stephenson is the Coordinator of Music and Drama at Pitt Community College. Michael created and oversees the Associate in Fine Arts Program for Music at PCC, which helps students who are interested in making music either their passion or career. Many of his students have gone on to careers in music as performers and educators. He conducts the Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra, the PCC Jazz Band, and the Emerald City Big Band.
Michael has been the soprano saxophonist for the New Century Saxophone Quartet for over 30 years. During his time in New Century, he has performed all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Ambassador Auditorium, the Concertgebouw, the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center, and the White House. NCSQ has recorded eight CD’s.
Along with his wife, Cheryl, Michael helped start the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina. The Music Academy is a nonprofit Community Music School that offers music lessons and Music Therapy to Eastern North Carolina. It also provides a space for community groups to rehearse and perform.
As a Visiting Artist, Michael has performed as a soloist throughout North Carolina. He has also performed in the North Carolina, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte Symphonies. He has taught music at East Carolina University, NC A&T State University, Barton College, Shaw University, and St. Augustines College.
Michael is happily married to Cheryl, and has two wonderful children, Milena and Natasha. He enjoys playing recreational tennis, sailing, and watching his children grow up to be responsible adults.