Title: Lecturer of Music
Department: Music and Music Education
Office Location: Music Building 208
B.M. from Millikin University
M.M. from University of Missouri Kansas City
D.A. from (In Progress) University of Northern Colorado
Sean Stephenson is a lifelong performer whose career has spanned the genres of jazz, musical theatre, a cappella, choral and his greatest musical passions of opera and early music. Combined with a teaching career that has been evolving for more than 10 years, Stephenson feels at home teaching most singing styles to all ages. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Stephenson has guided students to semi-finalist and finalist positions in both District and Regional NATS competitions. In addition, Stephenson is fascinated with vocal anatomy and vocal acoustics. He uses these scientific approaches alongside a dialogue-driven teaching philosophy to put each student in a position of ownership of his or her instrument. Above all, Stephenson has a passion for teaching and enjoys watching his students succeed and develop their love for music and singing.
As a singing professional, Stephenson has populated ensembles and opera companies throughout the Midwest and Colorado. Recent performances include roles as Don Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Boulder Symphony; Tonio (Daughter of the Regiment) with Opera Fort Collins; Slender (The Merry Wives of Windsor) with Loveland Opera Theatre; Candide (Candide) with UNC Opera Theatre; the cover for Prince Ramiro (Cenerentola) with Opera Fort Collins; and Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) with Arapahoe Philharmonic. Other notable appearances include tenor soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the American Bach Soloists; soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the UNC Combined Choirs and Orchestra; soloist in CPE Bach’s Magnificat with the musicians of Boulder’s First United Methodist Church; and all of J.S. Bach’s major works with Colorado Bach Ensemble.
Stephenson is finishing up a Doctor of Arts in voice performance at the University of Northern Colorado. When not engaged in music or teaching, Stephenson enjoys the outdoors, running, reading, tinkering with gardening and making/consuming coffee.