Dr. Stephen Newby is a composer, conductor, gospel/jazz vocalist, and pianist. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education and Flute Performance from Madonna College in Livonia, Michigan. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. There, his studies in composition were under the supervision of Robert Sutton, Frederick Tillis, Jeff Holmes, and Robert Stern. He returned to Michigan to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There, he studied with William Albright, Michael Daugherty, George Wilson, Fred Lerdahl, and Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett.
In addition to directing the Center for Worship, Dr. Newby serves as director for the SPU Gospel Choir and the Worship Arts Ensemble. He has served as a worship pastor for more than 25 years in Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, and California.