Stephen Lancaster

Stephen  Lancaster

Faculty, Associate Professor of the Practice, Voice

AMusD, University of Michigan
MM, University of Notre Dame
BMus, Moody Bible Institute

624 O'Neill Hall of Music and Sacred Music
(574) 631-7832

Professional Biography

Stephen Lancaster joined the music faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where he teaches classical and musical theater singing styles to graduate and undergraduate voice students and serves as head of the graduate voice studio. Lancaster teaches classes in Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, and Vocal Literature and is a frequent guest clinician. His former students perform with such organizations as American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Early Music Festival, Chorosynthesis, and Tanglewood Music Festival, and have been admitted into esteemed graduate and young artist programs across the country.

As a soloist, Lancaster has been described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine). Winner of the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition and The American Prize in art song and oratorio, he has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, and Centro Cultural de Belém.

Chamber performances include recitals for Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Musique dans le Grésivaudan, Festival de Musique d’Uzerche, and Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion. A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed programs in New York, Paris, and Berlin and for the Eure-et-Loire Festival and Brooklyn Art Song Society. He has recorded an album of French art songs with pianist Martin Katz, Le Menu des Mélodies (Centaur) as well as Dichterliebe & Liederkreis, Op. 39 with fortepianist Laure Colladant (Blue Griffin). His recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series was broadcast live by WFMT Chicago.

Concert credits include the Fauré & Duruflé Requiems at Carnegie Hall presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York; Le bal masqué with the South Bend Symphony; Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest; Five Mystical Songs with UMS Choral Union at Hill Auditorium; Ein Deutsches Requiem at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle; The Bells and Belshazzar’s Feast with Holland Symphony. He has performed a wide range of repertoire, including An American Requiem, Kindertotenlieder, In Terra Pax, Dona Nobis Pacem, and concert works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

As an ensemble singer, upcoming engagements include performances with Grammy award winning ensemble Conspirare and the Sphinx Organization’s Exigence Vocal Ensemble; he has also performed with Tactus Vocal Ensemble and Schola Antiqua. He performs sacred music regularly in concert with his husband, organist Kevin Vaughn; their album, Sacred Song, for voice and organ was released on the Albany Records label.

Lancaster enjoys collaborating with composers; he created the baritone solo role in “Seven Living Words for the HIV Positive” by Thomas Schuttenhelm with Chorosynthesis and has premiered numerous works at the Atlantic Music Festival. He is currently working on a new song cycle, Gilgamesh, by Canadian composer J. Scott Brubacher and lyricist David James Brock.

On the operatic stage, highlights include Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Dancaïro in Carmen with Eugene Opera; Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with Apotheosis Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Atlantic Music Festival; Schaunard in La bohème, Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Morales in Carmen with Arbor Opera Theater; creating the role of Jaques in As You Like It by Roger Steptoe.

Representative Creative Work

  • Lancaster, Stephen. Schumann Lieder with fortepiano. With Laure Colladant (fortepiano). Includes Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Schumann. Blue Griffin, 2020, compact disc.
  • Lancaster, Stephen. Sacred Song. With Kevin Vaughn (organ). Includes sacred songs by Fauré, Vaughan Williams, Reger, Vierne, Litaize, Sowerby, and Pinkham. Albany Records, 2018, compact disc.
  • Lancaster, Stephen. Le Menu des Mélodies. With Martin Katz (piano). Includes French art songs by Gounod, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Caplet, and Brubacher. Centaur Records, 2014, compact disc.