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

Stephen Lancaster joined the voice faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate students in classical and musical theatre styles. As Head of the Graduate Voice Studio, he has helped to develop Notre Dame’s M.S.M. in vocal performance into a premiere, one-of-a-kind graduate vocal program. His students have gone on to study and perform with such organizations as the Tanglewood Music Festival, American Bach Soloists, Boston Early Music Festival, and The Rose Ensemble, and have been admitted into esteemed graduate, post-graduate, and apprentice programs across the country. Stephen teaches classes in English and Italian Lyric Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Early Vocal Literature, and French Vocal Literature. He is a frequent guest clinician; he serves on the voice faculty and has directed opera scenes at the Atlantic Music Festival.

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 as a soloist 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 Records), and 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 a professional choral singer, he recently joined the roster of Grammy award winning vocal ensemble Conspirare and has performed with ensembles such as TACTUS 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 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; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Notre Dame; 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.