Stephen Tucker

For the past 18 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.




Fields of Wonder

Songs and Spirituals of Robert Owens

Mask in the Mirror

A Chamber Opera:

The Tragic Romance of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the First Black Poet, and Alice Ruth Moore


On February 8, 2019, Parma/Navona Records released the two-CD recording of composer Richard Thompson’s Chamber Opera, The Mask in the Mirror, performed by the Sanaa Opera Project. For this project, Maestro Tucker served as both Producer and Conductor, adding to a list of publicly issued recordings on which Dr. Tucker served as conductor and /or orchestrator.

On June 7th, 2019, Maestro Tucker will lead the Symphony Orchestra of the University of California, Irvine in the world premiere of composer Jason Barabba’s Dreams of the Recovery Period, featuring AdZel clarinet duo at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, UCI


On June 9th, 2019, Maestro Tucker will conduct the UCI Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Chorus of the University of Kansas and vocal soloists in the world premiere of composer Bernard Gilmore’s Oratorio, Journey to Freedom at SOKA Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, California.


This May (2019), Dr. Tucker makes guest appearances in Bari, Italy, where he will present several works by the famed Eighteenth Century composer and educator, Tommaso Michele Francesco Saverio Traetta, as well as other newly composed works by local composers.




Contact Us

Tel : 949 241 4886
Email :

© 2019 Stephen Tucker, conductor, created with