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Stephen Bomgardner is Associate Professor of Music at Drury University. His musical career combines an active performing career as a tenor soloist in recitals, opera and oratorio, and full-time teaching at a liberal arts university. In 2010-2011, he sang the role of Spoletta (Tosca) with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and sang seven chamber music recitals in Minnesota, Tennessee, California, and Missouri.
He has performed over 120 solo and chamber music recitals in Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Wichita, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, and numerous other cities across the United States. Recent performances include recitals at Pepperdine University, Loyola University (LA), the University of Vermont, Rhodes College (TN), and the St. Catharines Chamber Music Society (St. Catharines, Ontario).
Additionally, in the past 14 years, he has been invited to give 17 lecture recitals on various topics at the Texas Music Educators Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, and College Music Society regional and national conferences. These topics include: “Haydn’s British folksong arrangements for voice, violin, cello, and piano” (2011, 2009), “The neglected Chopin songs: love and nationalism” (2010), “Collaborative pianist or Accompanist: A Singer’s Perspective” (2009), “The Songs of Hugo Wolf” (2003), “The Songs of Gerald Finzi” (2001), “The Songs of Aaron Copland” (2000), “Developing the Singer-Actor: Character Songs for Use in Recital” (1999), “Singing in Russian: Songs by 19th Century Russian Composers” (1998), and “Twentieth-Century Art Songs by American Composers” (1997).
In opera his professional repertoire includes 27 character tenor roles such as Goro (Madama Butterfly), King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro), and the Witch (Hansel and Gretel). His concert repertoire includes 35 different symphonic works including St. Nicholas (Britten), Messiah (Handel), Lord Nelson Mass, Mass in Time of War (Haydn), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Requiem, Solemn Vespers (Mozart), and numerous cantatas by J. S. Bach.
At Drury University, he teaches voice lessons, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, music history and directs the Drury Opera. Prior to coming to Missouri, he taught voice and directed the opera workshop at Minnesota State University, Pittsburg State University and the University of Texas-Pan American, and he was an adjunct voice professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. He also spent four summers teaching at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), the high school component of the Tanglewood Music Festival. His students consistently place as semi-finalists and finalists at NATS competitions, and he is in demand as an adjudicator for music contests.He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Boston University's School of Music, the Master of Music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music from Fort Hays State University. He is also active in professional organizations such as NATS, TMEA, MMEA, the College Music Society, Opera America, National Opera Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.