Stephen Newby

Dr. Stephen Newby


Education: BA, Madonna University, 1984; MM, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1987; 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, and he leads men's ministry on campus. He has served as a worship pastor for more than 25 years in Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, and California.

The purpose of the Kainos 2015 is to gather leaders who either seek to start multi-ethnic ministries or churches, or who aspire to transition their current homogenous ministries into a multi-ethnic trajectory.

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