Stephen Karukas is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and a student at Indiana University, where he studies music composition, percussion performance, and computer science. He has been a performance fellow at nief-norf and a student in electronic music programming at IRCAM (Paris, France). His primary composition teachers have been Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, Don Freund, and Jay Hurst.
Karukas has composed music for ensembles including Fifth House Ensemble, Definiens, Hutchens/Myers Duo, and the percussion ensembles at California Lutheran University and Indiana University. His works have been featured at festivals such as the Navy Saxophone Symposium, Midwest Composers Symposium, Frontwave New Music, and the RED NOTE Music Festival, as well as at numerous institutions around the world including CCM, University of Iowa, University of South Carolina, Appalachian State University, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, Columbia College Chicago, IRCAM (France), ESMDM (Mexico), Indiana University Bloomington, and IU South Bend.
His works are published by C. Alan Publications, Strikeclef Publications, and himself.