Steven Sametz

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Biography

Dr. Steven Sametz (b. 1954) has been called “one of America’s most respected choral composers.” His compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. His in time of appears on the Grammy award-winning recording by Chanticleer, Colors of Love. His work may be heard on six other Chanticleer recordings, as well as The Princeton Singers’ Reincarnations, Christmas with the Princeton Singers and Old, New Borrowed, Blues.

Dr. Sametz has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts and the Santa Fe music festival, creating new works for Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Connecticut Choral Artists, Los Angeles Master Chorale and the King of Thailand. His compositions are published by E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Oxford University Press, Alliance Music, Walton Music, GIA Publications and Steven Sametz Publications.

Dr. Sametz is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music and director of Lehigh University Choral Arts in Bethlehem, Pennsylania and is founding director of the Lehigh Choral Union and the Lehigh University Choral Composers’ Forum, a summer course of study designed to mentor emerging choral composers. Since 1998, he has served as Artistic Director for The Princeton Singers. His guest conducting appearances include the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Berkshire Music Festival, the New York Chamber Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Choir.

Dr. Sametz has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Chorus America. He has been acting Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University. At the Santa Fe Music Festival, he conducted his own works in a program entitled Sametz Conducts Sametz with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. He has conducted Chanticleer in the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 in New York and San Francisco to critical acclaim.

Dr. Sametz holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

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