Faculty Spotlight: Stephen Lancaster
Head of the Graduate Studio in Voice
Associate Professor of the Practice in Voice
Associate Professor of the Practice Stephen Lancaster is head of the Graduate Voice Studio at SMND. He teaches graduate lessons (primary and secondary), supervises recitals, and manages The Eight (SMND’s Vocal Octet), a graduate ensemble. He maintains a lively recording and performance agenda, as witnessed by his activities in 2017-18.
Professor Lancaster’s CD (with Kevin Vaughn), Sacred Song, was released by Albany records in June, 2018. It includes works by Fauré, Vaughn Williams, Reger, Vierne, Litaize, Sowerby, and Pinkham.
Dr. Lancaster’s recent recital appearances include performances in France with Laure Colladant (fortepiano), at the Château de Pressac for Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Émilion, on the Atelier Concert Series at the American Church in Paris, and at the Église Saint-Nicholas in Brezolles. In December, 2017, he sang in the Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Saanen Landhaus Theater, Saanen, Switzerland. Closer to home were two performances at Colby College in the Atlantic Music Festival: “Three Sonnets from the Portuguese” (Roger Steptoe; a North American premiere, 2017) and “Three songs from Gilgamesh” (J. Scott Brubacher; a world premiere, 2018). In 2017, he gave a solo recital with Susan McDaniel (piano) at the University of Portland, and performed in recital with Kevin Vaughn (organ) at Trinity United Methodist Church, New Albany, Indiana. In 2018, he gave a solo recital with Kasia Wieczorek (piano), Kultursalon “Die Flaneure,” Berlin, Germany.
Professor Lancaster is a frequent bass soloist in large choral works, including performing in Requiem (Fauré) at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2017; Messiah, Ancilla Domini Chapel, Donaldson, Indiana, 2017; and in The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (Karl Jenkins), Distinguished Concerts International New York, Carnegie Hall, New York, 2018.
He gave a master class at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 2018, and offered Baroque solo motets with organ, for the conference “Reformations and the Organ” at the University of Notre Dame, September, 2017.