Stephen Brown, DMA
Stephen Brown earned a BA in Music from Brown University, MA in Music History from SUNY/Buffalo, and his DMA (Doctoral of Musical Arts) in Piano, from The Catholic University of Washington. He has taught piano at Northern Va. Community college, George Washington University, and privately at his home studio. He has frequently been heard in the Washington area as soloist, vocal accompanist, and chamber musician. Some career highlights include appearing as featured soloist with the McLean Symphony in the Grieg Piano Concerto and the Rachmaninoff 3rd, as well as premiering a number of new works by area composers. He is currently the regular pianist at Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va., and pianist with the Havenwood Trio.
Dr. Brown also has a special interest and expertise in the field of opera and vocal music. He has accompanied and conducted operatic performances in the Washington area for such groups as Opera Camerata, Eldbrooke Opera Ensemble, Opera Bel Canto and the Goldrush Opera. He is well known in the area as a vocal coach with extensive experience, working with aspiring and established singers. His clients have included artists who have performed major roles at companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Wagner festival at Bayreuth. He coaches in French, Italian, and German. He has served as accompanist in the vocal studios of numerous voice teachers, including such renowned teacher-performers as Todd Duncan (the original Porgy in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), John Fiorito (baritone, Met Opera), and Anastasios Vrenios (frequent tenor partner to Joan Sutherland).
Dr. Brown also has studied vocal technique with Marilyn Cotlow. His singing career includes The Washington Opera chorus and many roles for the local opera companies, such as Eldbrooke Opera Ensemble and the Mount Vernon Players.
Singers who work with Dr. Brown report that he is very concentrated on bringing out the best in their performances and is always works in a positive manner.