Choral Scholars Residency At Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, CA


“Contemporary Mass for Volatile Times”

Sat, December 8 | 7:30 p.m. | $25/$10 (first 100 student tickets free)

Sun, December 9 | 7:30 p.m. | $25/$10 (first 100 student tickets free)


A collage of collaborative performances by the SMC Concert Chorale, SMC Chamber Choir, Chorosynthesis Singers, and guest baritone Stephen Lancaster. Directed by Jeremiah Selvey and Wendy Moy. The program explores the sometimes volatile context of contemporary social issues through the lens of modern music that will be juxtaposed between the movements of William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices.

Free tickets are available at SMC Music Department Office (PAC 211)

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Chair of Excellence Grant,

SMC Choral Department, and SMC Choirs Student Club.

Guest Recital with Stephen Lancaster, baritone
Rachel Schrag, piano

Wednesday, Dec 5, 7:30 pm

Described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine), baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through diverse repertoire in concert, recital, and opera. Winner of the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition and The American Prize for men in art song and oratorio, he has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Centro Cultural de Belém, Petit Palau de la Música Catalana, and Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

Recent chamber performances include recitals for Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Musique dans le Grésivaudan, and Festival de Musique d’Uzerche and Le bal masqué with the South Bend Symphony Chamber Orchestra.  A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed programs in New York, Paris, and Berlin and for the Eure-et-Loire Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, and Brooklyn Art Song Society. He has recorded an album of French art songs with pianist Martin Katz, Le Menu des Mélodies (Centaur Records), and his recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series was broadcast live by WFMT Chicago.


Born and raised in Canada, Lancaster earned certificates in piano and voice from The Royal Conservatory of Music before moving to the United States. Winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (central region), he holds degrees from the University of Michigan (A.Mus.D.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.M.), where he currently serves as Associate Professor of the Practice and heads the graduate studio in voice. Lancaster performs sacred music regularly in concert with his husband, organist Kevin Vaughn; their album, Sacred Song, for voice and organ was recently released on the Albany Records label. He also serves as Parish Organist and Choir Director at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana.