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Steven Bailey

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Senior Lecturer, Voice & Opera
Maryland Opera Studio

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Steven Bailey is a pianist of wide-ranging versatility. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist and collaborative musician in repertoire from the Baroque era through the present.

Mr. Bailey has appeared in concert with singers such as Deborah Voigt, Frederica von Stade, Susanne Mentzer, Elsa van den Heever, Christine Brewer and Thomas Moser. He has performed as concerto soloist with Symphony Parnassus, Diablo Valley Symphony, UC-Davis Symphony and other orchestras and has regularly been featured in America on Bach Soloists performances as guest soloist and continuo organist. Recent engagements have found him in Abu Dhabi, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as solo performances in San Francisco for the Wagner and Liszt Societies. His acclaimed solo recording “The Art of the Opera Transcription” includes seven virtuosic arrangements by Franz Liszt.

He often collaborates with composers, including Jake Heggie, David Conte, Elinor Armer, John Corigliano, Mark Adamo and Vartan Aghababian, in premieres and performances of their music. He is a co-founder of the vocal chamber music ensemble CMASH and is featured with CMASH soprano Ann Moss on her CDs “Currents” and “Love Life”, both recorded at Skywalker Sound and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Leslie Ann Jones.

Mr. Bailey was musical director for San Francisco Parlor Opera’s productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Così fan Tutte, Gounod’s Faust, Puccini’s Tosca and Floyd’s Susannah. He was also a long-time faculty member of the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute.

Mr. Bailey holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Boston University. He was previously Principal Coach for the Voice Department at San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he taught for 28 years. He now joins the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park as Principal Coach of the Maryland Opera Studio.