Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. The Boston Herald raved about “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds,” suggesting “Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!” A formal sense of melody and tonality characterize his music, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape. These qualities, coupled with the composer’s keen ability to write to each occasion, have led to a steady stream of commissions and ongoing projects.
Most recently, Charles Vernon, Chicago Symphony bass trombonist, asked Stephenson to write a new concerto, a work to be premiered in their 2018/2019 season under the direction of Riccardo Muti.
With more than 250 works in his music catalog and a rapidly growing career, Stephenson needed a new website that highlighted his three primary career activities (composing, conducting, and academic residencies) as well as providing an enhanced online ecommerce solution for his self-published works.
Venture performed a comprehensive review of the existing platform and metrics to help determine project scope.
The result is one of our most striking achievements to date that introduces several first-of-its-kind ecommerce tools to the world of self-published classical music composers.
The project focused on automating previously laborious content management tasks, enhancing and updating more than 1,500 meta records for each work and variation, and creating a powerful custom ecommerce filter to manage the extensive music catalog.