Stephen Hartke is widely recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation, whose work has been hailed for both its singularity of voice and the inclusive breadth of its inspiration. He has earned considerable recognition as a composer, including the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, two Koussevitzky Grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and many others. Hartke's opera, The Greater Good, received the first Charles Ives Opera Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His chamber work Meanwhile won the 2013 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. For twenty eight years Stephen Hartke served as Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California. In 2015 he became Professor and Chair of Composition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.