Stallcop is an
active and versatile composer, double bassist, and pianist
who has published more than 75 compositions. Originally
from Seattle, WA, he received a bachelor’s of music degree from
the University of Washington in 1976 and a master’s degree in music
from Arizona State University in 1993, where he
was awarded Outstanding Graduate in Music History, Theory, and
Composition. His major
teachers include Robert Suderberg, William Bergsma, and Chinary Ung for
composition, Ring Warner and Steve Brewster for double bass, and Frits
Scavenius for piano.
Stallcop moved to Phoenix in 1973 to
take his current position as double bassist with The Phoenix
Symphony. He was also appointed principal double bass in the
Flagstaff Festival of the Arts summer orchestra in 1993, after serving
as assistant principal since 1983.
As a professional double bassist with a major symphony orchestra, a
significant amount of his creative effort has been spent on works which
feature the double bass. He has written works for double bass and
orchestra, for solo bass, bass with accompaniment, two sets of bass
duets, and several chamber music works. He won the 2004 International Society of Bassists
Composition Competition for solo double bass with his work entitled Vision
Quest, for double bass and piano. It was premiered in 2005 at the ISB
conference in Michigan.
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra has performed nine of his orchestral compositions,
including Millennial Opening in 2002, Calypso Round in 2002, and Sunscape,
commissioned in 1987 by the Arizona Diamond Jubilee Commission.
music is performed by symphonies, festivals, chamber musicians, and youth
orchestras around the country.
Stallcop became interested in chamber
music in 1980. He presented annual concerts of his new compositions at the Kerr
Cultural Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 1980-84. In 1983, he founded the
Arizona Composers Forum and served as its president and executive director from
1983-89. During this period, ACF presented 46 concerts in Phoenix, Tucson and
Flagstaff, a series of 12 lectures, and a weekly radio program featuring music
of Arizona composers. He presented concerts of his own chamber music on this
series annually from 1985-89.
At the keyboard, Stallcop has been active in
classical music, jazz, free improvisation and the performance of his own music.
After playing classical piano and rock-and-roll in his teens, he turned to
improvisation in the 1970s. Since 1977, he has performed almost exclusively in
free improvisation, both as a soloist and in ensemble. In 1998 Arizona
University Recordings released his CD of solo piano improvisation, Dreamcatcher
(AUR/Horizon CD 3007). It received Grammy nominations in two categories.
In 1995 Stallcop was awarded the Performing Arts
Fellowship in Composition by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and was appointed to serve on the
Phoenix Arts Commission from 1986-89. He
is published by BassScores and the American Composers Alliance (ACA). He has
been a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) since 1977, and was elected to ACA
in New York in 1982. He has been a member of the American Federation of Musicians since
He has been active as a private instructor
of composition, music theory/ear training, double bass, and piano since 1974. In
1995 he taught double bass for the Arizona School for the Arts and has been an
adjunct professor of music theory in the Maricopa Community Colleges. In
1996-98, he was the music program director and instructor of creative music at
Horizon Charter School in Chandler and Phoenix.