Stephen Michael Gryc, Professor Emeritus of Music Composition at the Hartt School, has been recognized as a Connecticut resident over sixty years of age who continues to have a unique and positive impact on the lives of the people of our state. The award was created by the Duncaster retirement community in Bloomfield to recognize seniors who remain vital contributors to their communities. The recipients of the award will be featured in a special section of the Hartford Courant on May 18 and celebrated at an event at Duncaster on May 19.
In addition to his thirty-five years of teaching at the University of Hartford and his record of accomplishment as an award-winning composer, Professor Gryc has continually worked to foster community through his music. He is the composer of the University of Hartford’s alma mater and fight song. He was the official composer for the town of Farmington’s 350th anniversary celebration, composing several pieces for the town’s school musicians, church choirs, and civic orchestra; for that work he received a Citation of Merit from the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut. He has composed music for other civic organizations, served on the boards of several local performing ensembles, and continues to give lectures and guidance to students at universities around the state and the around the country. He is currently mentoring music students at Farmington High School who are working on special projects in the area of music.