Joseph Gentry Stephens is an American composer of choral music. A percussionist since the age of eleven, Stephens played in the school marching, symphonic, and stage bands in the border town of Texarkana, Texas and was a student of local drum legend Dave Daily. In college, his interest in vocal and choral music led to a bachelor of arts in vocal performance (University of Arkansas at Monticello) and a master of music in choral conducting (University of Northern Colorado).
Recent commissions include "Lauda Sion," for Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN, and "Joy" for Houston High School in Germantown, TN. His latest work, "Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One," was selected as a finalist for the Ithaca College 36th Annual Composition Contest in November of 2014.