Stefán Örn Arnarson
Music Program Area Head
Assistant Teaching Professor of Music
Director of Chamber Ensemble
M.M. University of Michigan
Fine Arts Rm. 216
Stefán Örn, a native of Iceland, is a musician, arranger, sound designer, sound engineer and producer, who has performed with the national Icelandic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Petri Sakari, Osmo Vanska, Paul Zukofsky and Vladimir Ashkenazy. A long-time cellist with the Symphony in C orchestra and board member since 2014, Stefán is co-director of the Symphony in C Summer Camp and conductor for the Rutgers University Camden Orchestra Ensemble and String Orchestra. A founder, cellist and arranger for the acclaimed Volume Quartet, Stefán keeps an active performance schedule.
Stefán has been involved with multiple recording productions, of various styles of music, as a musician, engineer as well as a producer. Composer and sound designer for various theater productions, Stefán’s most acclaimed projects include The Prophecy, winner of the national award for Best Children’s Play in Iceland and a prestigious Barrymore Award nomination for Best Original Music in the critically acclaimed play, True Story. Stefán has performed on several films, most notably Children of Nature, which won the European Film (Felix) Award for best soundtrack and received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Featured on various recordings, Stefán has been an artist with the label Stef, and worked as a sound engineer for, among others, Esmeralda Spalding, Philip Glass, Terence Blanchard, Omar Sosa, Marvin Hamlisch, DJ Spooky, Dan Zane and Geri Allen. Stefán attained his Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan. He joined Rutgers University–Camden in 2005 as the Theater Programs Director for the Gordon and Black Box theaters and became full time member of the music faculty in 2013. Staring in 2018 Stefán will serve as the Director of the Music Program at Rutgers Camden.