Dr. Steven Hart
Dr. Hart, now in his thirteenth season as the Billings Symphony Chorale Director, is a professor of music at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. He conducts choral ensembles and teaches conducting, vocal pedagogy and private voice. He completed his Ph.D. 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 was a guest conductor at the Annual International Conducting Workshop in Varna, Bulgaria. He is the conductor and founder of the High Plains Chamber Singers and conductor of the Billings Symphony Chorale.
His research interests draw from neuroscience, with a specific focus on the physical manifestations of mental activity through the mind-body connection. He is the Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Montana Music Educators Association and publishes articles for choral professionals. In preparing music ensembles for performance, Hart combines theater, sports psychology, neurolinguistics, music history, and vocal pedagogy, to create the conditions for peak aesthetic experience.
Hart comes from a family of professional musicians. He began his performing career at age 9 in the title role of Oliver and at age 10 performed the title role of the Menotti opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Hart enjoys rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and tennis.