Dr. Steven Hart, Chorale Director
Dr. Steven Hart, now in his fifteenth season as the Billings Symphony Chorale Director, is a professor of music at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, where he teaches private voice, vocal pedagogy, and conducting. He completed his PhD at the University of Colorado, his MM at the University of South Dakota, and his BM at Western Michigan University.
Dr. Hart is active as a guest conductor and has presented master classes and clinics in California, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. He is a three-time guest conductor at the Annual International Conducting Workshop in Varna, Bulgaria. He also enjoys mentoring young conductors in conducting technique and repertoire.
An accomplished author and presenter on choral music, Dr. Hart serves as the Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Montana Choral Directors Association. In preparing music ensembles for performance, Hart combines sports psychology, neurolinguistics, theater, music history, and vocal pedagogy, to create the conditions for peak aesthetic experience. He recently received the Outstanding Montana Choral Educator award for excellence in teaching, student connection, leadership, and community advocacy.
Dr. Hart comes from a family of professional musicians. He began his performing career at age 9 in the title role of the musical, Oliver, and at age 10 performed the title role of the Menotti opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Hart enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis, and international travel.