Deborah Teason

Deborah Fischer Teason is a composer, steel band director, arranger and educator based
in Connecticut. She holds a degree in theory and composition from Arizona State
University. Her introduction to pans came in 1992 when she joined the graduate student
steel band at Wesleyan University under the direction of ethnomusicologist Gage Averill.
As a music teacher in a K-6 school in New Haven, she arranged and published steel band
repertoire for Orff instruments. In 1999 she was invited to direct the steel band program
at Neighborhood Music School and several months later was asked to help St. Luke’s
Episcopal Church develop a steel band. St. Luke’s Steel Band is now a well-known
ensemble that performs throughout New England and has collaborated with such artists
as Liam Teague, the Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and
Andy Akiho and the Yale School of Music. The Pantastic Steel Orchestra of
Neighborhood Music School is also a highly successful ensemble, performing throughout
the region. In 2004 Ms. Teason began a pan program at Highville Charter School, a pre-
K through 8th grade school in Hamden, CT, and since 2007 she has directed Pan Jam &
Lime, the Yale-West Indian Student Organization’s steel band. She arranges extensively
for all the ensembles she directs, and her compositions for pan include Trinity, a concerto
for steel band and orchestra; and Cadences for solo tenor pan and string quartet, which
was premiered by Liam Teague and the Vermeer Quartet in 2006.