Assistant Professional Specialist
B.M. Moody Bible Institute
M.M. University of Notre Dame
D.M.A. University of Michigan
Baritone Stephen Lancaster delights in engaging with audiences, performing in concert, opera, and recital. He was declared winner & audience favorite in the 2013 Nico Castel International Mastersinger Competition at Weill Recital Hall, and was the Central Region winner in the 2012 NATS Artist Awards competition. Recent engagements include The Bells & Belshazzar's Feast with the Holland Symphony, Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest, song recitals in France and Germany, and guest solo performances with the Notre Dame Concert Band in Genoa, Avignon, and Barcelona.
In 2010, he made solo debuts in Carnegie Hall, as guest artist with the Notre Dame Concert Band, and Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Recital Hall in Taipei, during a recital tour of Taiwan. On the operatic stage, highlights include Dancaïrowith Eugene Opera, Count Almaviva with Opera Notre Dame, and Schaunard, Falke, Morales, and Dancaïro with Arbor Opera Theater. Concert credits include the South Bend Symphony (Fauré Requiem), Warren Symphony (Carmina Burana), Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, Chorosynthesis (Brahms Requiem), and Macalester College (Duruflé Requiem), as well as upcoming engagements with the South Bend Chamber Singers, University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, and Oakland Symphony Orchestra.
A passionate recitalist, Stephen performed Winterreise for the Brooklyn Art Song Society in 2012. He was a finalist in the “Grand Concours de Chant: Tribute to Gerard Souzay” and will record a program of mélodies with Martin Katz in 2013, to be released by Centaur Records. A lover of new music, he sang in the west-coast premiere of John Musto’s “Book of Uncommon Prayer” as a Stern Fellow at SongFest, premiered numerous works by young American composers as a Resident Artist in the Atlantic Music Festival, and commissioned and premiered French songs by Canadian composer J. Scott Brubacher.
Born and raised in Canada, Stephen earned certificates in piano and voice from The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto before moving to the United States. He holds degrees from the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago (BMus), the University of Notre Dame (MM), and the University of Michigan (AMusD), and his teachers have included Judith Haddon, Caroline Helton, and Susan Clark Manns. Committed to teaching as well as performing, he served on the voice faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy in 2009 and is currently Assistant Professional Specialist of Voice at the University of Notre Dame.