Steven Serpa

Composer Info

Steven Serpa

Steven Serpa has earned his master’s degrees in music composition from the Hartt School and in early music performance from Longy School of Music, along with bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and musicology from the University of Rhode Island. His vocal, choral and chamber works have been performed in concert halls and universities throughout the New England, the Eastern United States and Canada. His one-act opera, Thyrsis & Amaranth, based on a fable by Jean de la Fontaine, was premiered by Hartford Opera Theater and recently produced by Halifax Summer Opera. Other recent stage collaborations include music to a staged version of Pride & Prejudice and dance works for choreographers in New York City and Hartford. Steven was recently recognized for his outstanding choral writing as the winner of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble’s annual Emerging Composers Competition and also named as a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Composition. His cantata Heaven’s Birds: Lament and Song was written in collaboration with North Carolina poet Jeffery Beam to commemorate World AIDS Day for a benefit concert for the AIDS Action Committee of Boston. Other recent works include commissions for woodwind quintet, Images des film de Jean Cocteau, and a new work for oboe and strings, An Invocation. His electronic ballet, Le Cigale et la fourmi (The Grasshopper and the Ant) for narrator and fixed media, was featured in the 2014 Hartford New Music Festival, and a violin/harp duo, shadow-list songs, was commissioned for the Rhode Island-based new music series Providence Premieres. He studied composition with Tom Cipullo in New York City, with Stephen Gryč at the Hartt School of Music, and is a doctoral candidate at the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin.
As a countertenor, Steven has been featured as soloist in works ranging from the Ordo Virtutum of Hildegard von Bingen to Puccini’s Tosca and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. He has been heard as a soloist in many baroque masterworks such as Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Johannes-passion, and has performed in the Newport Music Festival, Boston Early Music and the Amherst Early Music Festivals. He has performed with Opera Providence, Boston Academy of Music, the Vox Consort, Harvard Early Music Society, Ensemble Suave, Seven Times Salt among other ensembles in New England. He is an avid proponent of art song and vocal chamber music, commissioning new works for countertenor and giving annual recitals throughout New England. He has been guest lecturer on the topic of the countertenor voice and American art song at the Hartt School, Longy School of Music, and Coker College, giving lecture recitals and master classes.

Student Information

Degree Pursuing
DMA, Composition
East Providence, RI
Other Degrees
BM, vocal performance; BA, music history; MM, early music performance; MM, music composition


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