The University of Arkansas Master Chorale is a community chorus open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, dedicated to the performance of large choral masterworks. Each spring, the Master Chorale joins the University of Arkansas Collegiate Chorale and Symphony Orchestra. They rehearse once a week, on Monday evenings. Master Chorale is led by Dr. Stephen Caldwell, Director of Choral Activities at the Department of Music. Our spring 2020 repertory will be Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, in connection with the worldwide celebration of his 250th birthday. The spring concert will take place at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 20 at 7:30pm. We hope you will join us for this sensational opportunity!
Meet the Director
Director, Stephen Caldwell
Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Stephen Caldwell has received critical acclaim as a singer, conductor, and composer alike, and appears regularly in concert, recital, and stage performances throughout the country and abroad. He is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arkansas where he oversees a thriving choral program of five ensembles and four graduate conductors. He conducts the nationally renowned Schola Cantorum and 70-voice Women’s Chorus. Additionally, he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in conducting and literature, and is the primary instructor and advisor for graduate students pursuing the MM in Choral Conducting. He often serves as a vocal and pedagogical consultant for choral programs at many public schools, and has adjudicated choral festivals and conducted honor choirs at all levels. He has prepared choirs for many leading conductors and ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony. He has presented sessions at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization and is an active member of both service communities. Upcoming engagements include conducting the 2016 NW Arkansas All-Region Choir and an international concert tour to Belgium with the Schola Cantorum.
His original, award-winning, and published compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout the world, by middle school, high school, university, community, and professional choral ensembles. His music has been commissioned for performance in Alice Tully Hall (NYC), the Taiwanese National Concert Hall (Taipei) the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the Kennedy Library (Boston), and at many leading American universities and high schools. He was a winner of the 2009 Philadelphia Singing City Prize for Young Composers, received a 2011 commendation from PA-ACDA, and was named the 2011 Composer of the Year by the New Jersey Arts Collective.
He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, two Master of Music Degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Temple University, a French Language Certification from the University of Paris – Sorbonne, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University.