Dr. Stefan Swanson
Dr. Stefan Swanson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
207, Center for the Arts
Dr. Stefan Swanson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music


  • Previously taught film scoring, composition, theory, and songwriting at New York University, California State University, Rutgers University, and the College of Staten Island (CUNY)
  • Film and concert composer who has scored over 50 films including Gun Hill Road, and his music has been heard on HBO, Cinemax, NBC, and BET, as well the Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes film festivals
  • Has written over 60 compositions for the concert hall, including commissions from the Harmonium Choral Society, Lakeland College, and JJ Cooper
  • Two feature-length films he scored, including the documentary Escaping Fed (Roulez Films) about a woman who was raped by a federal officer and her subsequent struggle to have her story heard, along with the award-winning dark comedy Hard Laughter (TruLight Films), can both be found streaming on Amazon. Another feature Premature, by award-winning director Rashaad Ernesto Green, will sees its theatrical release in February 2020.
  • Recipient of the Susan and Ford Schumann Award, the Film Music Museum Award, and the Singing City Prize, and has studied with Grawemeyer Award and Charles Ives Living Award winning composer George Tsontakis as well as Pulitzer Prize Runner-Up Charles Fussell
  • Scholarly work includes a chapter on John Williams’s score to the film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence in the recently released John Williams: Music for Films, Television, and the Concert Stage, along with two presentations at the Music and the Moving Image Conference in New York City


Rutgers University, Ph.D.
New York University, M.A.
Rowan University, B.Mus.