Assistant Professor of Music
Stephen Sieck joins the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music as Co-Director of Choirs where he directs the Concert Choir and Viking Chorale. Prior to Lawrence, he served as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Emory & Henry College in Virginia, where he directed the Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and Festival Choir, and taught private voice, lyric diction, advanced music theory and aural skills, and conducting and choral methods.
Stephen completed his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master’s of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in music theory and musicology. At Illinois he was a recipient of the Schlanger Opera Fellowship, the Best Male Performance in Opera award, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, and the Outstanding Graduate Student in Choral Conducting. Prior to graduate school, Stephen served as the Director of Music at the Brentwood School, a 7th-12th grade college preparatory school in Los Angeles.
As a choral singer, Stephen has performed with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Roger Wagner Chorale, and the Renaissance group Ensemble Choragós. As a tenor, Stephen performed the principal tenor roles in productions of The Mikado, The Fairy Queen, Don Giovanni, and Candide, and has sung in master-class with Dawn Upshaw.
As a scholar, Stephen has published on Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, and Frank Martin in journals such as Tempo, The Choral Scholar, and The Choral Journal and presented research at conferences in England and Switzerland. An active clinician, Stephen has presented in ACDA and MENC conferences on working with tenors and on teaching diction to choirs.
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