For the past 20 years, Dr. Stephen Tucker has been the Director of Orchestras at the University of California, Irvine. At Irvine he has conducted the UCI Symphony; Opera productions, and yearly Dance performances. Dr. Tucker teaches Conducting, Orchestration, and has taught both Analysis and Elements of Music.
Trained as both and organist and pianist, the Jamaican born conductor has earned degrees from UCLA (Master’s and Doctorate), and a Bachelor’s of Music from Atlantic Union College. Along the way, he has also received diplomas in conducting from the Vienna Conservatory of Music (Austria); the International Conductors’ Institute, with Herbert Blomstedt, and the Conductor’s Institute at Hartt School of Music (University of Connecticut).
As a conductor with extensive experience in choral and operatic performances, Maestro Tucker divides his time between concerts and opera. From September of 2014 to 2018, he served as Artistic and Music Director of the Riverside Lyric Opera in Southern California, guiding the company in productions by Mascagni, Puccini, Menotti, Mozart, and Gilbert and Sullivan.
Tucker’s guest performances have included a debut in Avery Fisher Concert Hall (Lincoln Center, New York), where he led performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, along with appearances with the Slovak Radio Symphony and the Hungarian National Symphony. In 2011 Tucker’s performance at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan was the culmination of a five-week residency at National Taiwan Normal University. In March 2019, Dr. Tucker made a return visit to Taiwan, this time conducting, teaching, and presenting two public seminars at the National University of Tainan. In May 2019. Dr. Tucker conducted two concerts in Bitonto and Cegli Messapica, Italy premiering works by three living Italian composers and celebrating 18th century opera composer Traetta. He also served as the presdent of the Traetta opera vocal competition in Bitonto.
Dr. Tucker currently chairs the Department of Music in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine.
Songs and Spirituals of Robert Owens
A Chamber Opera:
The Tragic Romance of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the First Black Poet, and Alice Ruth Moore
Due to worldwide COVID-19 restrictions, all future performances have been postponed or cancelled.
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