Stephen Yaness

Stephen Yaness (née Press) has been a professor of music history at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL since 1999.  He received the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and subsequently taught at Arizona State University and Illinois State University.  Over the years he has made many presentations on Russian music, especially that of Serge Prokofiev.   Currently he is working on four projects:  a performing edition of Prokofiev’s 1915 holograph for the ballet Chout, a reception study of Russian music in the United States, a monograph on Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella, and an article on Sibelius’s pantomime Scaramouche.  Recently reissued in paperback is Yaness’s first book, Prokofiev’s Ballets for Diaghilev (Routledge, 2016).  He is an occasional double-bassist and lives in Bloomington.


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