Stephen W. Pratt

Professor of Music (Bands); Chair, Department of Bands

Pratt, Stephen


Contact Information:
Simon Center, M153F



  • M.M., Master of Music, University of Michigan, 1983
  • B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Indiana University, 1975

Stephen W. Pratt is professor of wind conducting and director of bands and wind conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting as well as other courses in the Wind Conducting graduate program. Under his direction, the renowned IU Wind Ensemble has performed at several national conventions and in other distinguished venues.

He has been a member of the Jacobs School of Music faculty since 1984. In 1993, he was a national recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music Medal awarded by Kappa Kappa Psi, the national collegiate band honorary organization. In 1998, he was honored with the Outstanding Bandmaster Award by the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2001, he was honored with the Outstanding University Music Educator Award, given by the Indiana Music Educators Association. In 2014, he was awarded the James B. Calvert Outstanding Music Educator Award.

Pratt is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician of bands and orchestras across the nation. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu, and Indiana Bandmasters Association. In addition, he is past president and current board member of the Big Ten Band Directors Association.

His graduate conducting students (M.M., D.M., Ph.D.) hold prominent positions at some of the leading colleges and universities in the United States and internationally, as well as at outstanding high schools and academies.