Oct. 3, 2005
Timothy Steele, member of the opera faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass., will present “Don't Stop Practicing! The Perils and Pleasures of Pursuing a Career in Music" at an event slated for Friday, Oct. 14, at 11:45 a.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. Steele will also perform with four Morningside College students in a master class that evening at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS), the music department, and the Center for Entrepreneurship Education.
Steele’s morning presentation will focus on freelancing in the music business. As part of the presentation, he will accompany Dr. Gail Dooley, soprano and associate professor of music at Morningside College, in a demonstration.
Morningside College soprano Amanda Flater, mezzo-sopranos Maggie McDermott and Emily Faber, and tenor Jake Lee will perform with Steele during the evening master class. They will perform a variety of selections by Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Gaetano Donizetti, Jake Heggie, Schumann, Schubert, and H. Lane Wilson.
Steele is a professional piano accompanist, conductor, vocal coach, performing artist, and educator. He recently conducted the world premier of Roger Rudenstein’s “Grace” in Cambridge, Mass., as well as touring productions of “The Magic Flute” and “Hansel and Gretel” with Opera New England. He has served as assistant conductor and pianist for more than 80 productions with 20 different companies including the Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Long Beach Opera, Teatro Lirico Europa, and others. He has played for the national finals of the MacAllister Opera auditions and has made concert appearances throughout the United States, Europe, China, and Russia.
Steele holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied accompanying with Gwendolyn Koldofsky.