Residency: Steven Brennfleck, tenor (January 26-February 2)

The Music Department presents tenor Steven Brennfleck as the Gretchen Bence Young Artist in Residence for 2014. He will be on campus from Tuesday, January 28 through Sunday February 2 visiting classes and chorus rehearsals, teaching a master class for student singers, and singing a recital.

Mr. Brennfleck has chosen Franz Schubert’s immortal song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin for his recital program. In this sequence of 20 songs Schubert, the master musical storyteller, leads us intimately into the heart and mind of a young miller as he falls ecstatically in and tragically out of love. Brennflack writes of this work,“The places Schubert takes us in many of these songs are not comfortable ones but the purpose of artistic expression is to not only shed light on our joys, passions, and desires, but also our sorrows, weaknesses, and shortfalls.  Schubert manages to accomplish all of the above in this cycle as we follow the Miller through his journey.” 

Accompanying him at the piano will be our own Barbara Phillips-Farley. It promises to be a very special afternoon of music-making.

Steven Brennfleck, has been consistently acknowledged for his consummate artistry, vocal flexibility, and moving interpretations on the operatic and concert stage.  Praised by the New York Times as “…dramatically astute” and a “…stand out” performer, he has received recognition from some of the country’s top vocal competitions:  The American Bach Society Vocal Competition (Honorable Mention ’12), Classical Singer Magazine’s AudComps (2nd Place ‘08), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (District Winner ‘06, ‘09, & ’10), and the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition (Honorable Mention ’13). His opera credits include performances with the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Portland Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, The Tanglewood Festival, and the Westminster Opera Theatre. He has appeared in concert and oratorio with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Princeton Youth Orchestra, the Princeton Baroque Orchestra, the Temple Symphony Orchestra, the Abington Symphony Orchestra, the Westminster Festival Orchestra, and Princeton Pro Musica.

Mr. Brennfleck was among the first singers chosen as a Fellow for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar held at the Crane School SUNY Potsdam under the direction of one of its most illustrious alumni, Stephanie Blythe.