Featured Presenter: Steven Sametz

Steven Sametz has earned renown both as a conductor and composer. He is Artistic Director of the Princeton Singers and Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music at Lehigh University, where he directs Lehigh University Choral Arts.

Steven SametzSametz been hailed as “one of the most respected choral composers in America.” In 2013, hereceived the The Raymond and BeverlySackler Composition Prize. The press surrounding this award and the resulting new work, A Child’s Requiem, has included international coverage by the Associated Press and CBS Evening News. He serves as ACDA’s national advisor on choral composition was the recipient 2011 of ACDA’s 2011Raymond Brock Memorial Commission, composing Three Mystical Choruses for premiere by Chanticleer in Chicago’s Symphony Hall at the national convention. His choral symphony, Carmina amoris, was recently presented at Carnegie Hall under his direction. In 2013, Sametz was named to the Fulbright Specialist Program.

His works may be heard on four of The Princeton Singers CDs and six Chanticleer CDs, including Chanticleer’s Grammy Award-winning, “Colors of Love.” He 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 ChoralArtists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Harvard University and the King of Thailand.

Dr. Sametz has appeared as guest conductor with the New York Chamber Symphony, the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, theSanta Fe Desert Chorale, the Berkshire Music Festival, and the Netherlands Radio Choir appearing in such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, the Schubertsaal at the Vienna State Opera House, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russia), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Taipei) and Berlin Philharmonic Hall. Equally at home with orchestral and choral conducting, Dr. Sametz has led major works ranging from Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto to Lutosławski’s Trois poemes d’Henri Michaut and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloë. Sametz has conducted the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer in performances of Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata Vergine (1610) to critical acclaim in San Francisco and New York. In recent years, he has led the Pennsylvania and Delaware All-State Choruses.  He holds degrees from Yale University,
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Sametz has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, ASCAP, ACDA and the American Composers Alliance.  His compositions are published by ECS Publishing, Oxford University Press, Alliance Music, Walton Music, GIA and Steven Sametz Publications.

 

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