Lewis is a composer, conductor and pianist specializing in new music. A member of B.M.I., he is the recipient of awards from ASCAP (Morton Gould Young Composer Award), B.M.I., Columbia University (Bearns Prize), Voices of Change (Russell Horn Young Composers Award), Frank Ticheli Award for New Band Music, and MACRO. While on the faculty at the University of Missouri, Lewis was named Missouri’s Composer of the Year (2002) by Missouri Music Teacher’s Association. Recently Lewis was the commissioned composer of South Carolina's Music Teacher Conference. His Concerto for Orchestra was chosen for inclusion in the American Composers Orchestra Whitaker New Music Readings series, and was conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
In addition to his catalog of solo works, compositions by Lewis have been commissioned and performed by an array of ensembles including the North/South Consonance, Truman State Orchestra, AURA (University of Houston), Symposium for New Band Music, University of Texas Composer’s Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, New Music Camerata (East Carolina University), NACUSA, Concordia Trio, University of Missouri Symphonic Band, Charlotte Civic Symphony, and Hyperion Ensemble. Performances of his music include the Kennedy Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and the String Quartet Festival in Granada, Spain.
His music is published by Dorn, Manhattan Beach, Southern and Haggelstein. Lewis’ main composition teachers were Dan Welcher, Carlisle Floyd, Michael Horvit, and Robert Nelson. He has served on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia (assistant professor of composition/theory) and Cy-Fair College (chair and associate professor of music).