Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Dr. Richard Perry

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. Edward Hafer

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Dr. Jacquelyn Adams

Committee Member 4 School


Committee Member 5

Dr. Benjamin McIlwain

Committee Member 5 School



In this dissertation, the five unaccompanied works for tuba by John Stevens are examined. The first half of this project is the analysis. The compositions are introduced with their collected background material, which includes the date of composition, programmatic elements (if any), and the circumstances under which the pieces were written. As each piece is analyzed, examples are provided that reveal the primary form and motivic content. Following the analyses, there is a discussion of style that covers musical language, devices, and a comparison of these elements among the pieces featured in the document. In the final section of the dissertation, there is a summary of the discussion and analyses of John Stevens’ five compositions included here. The second half of the document are the collected appendices that include the biographical material provided by the composer, interviews with Stevens, his compositions/arrangements, and a discography. All material is current to the date of the interviews.

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