Stephen Sheftz, MM

Stephen Sheftz, MM

Stephen Sheftz




Stephen Sheftz, (conductor/musical director) graduated from Allegheny College with a double major in music and drama and received the degree of Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1985. Sheftz finished his coursework towards the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and is preparing to take his final qualifying exam before writing his doctoral thesis.

Sheftz recently joined the music faculty at Creighton University where he teaches voice, sight singing/ear training and conducts the University Singers. Long term, Sheftz will develop and coordinate a musical theatre program at Creighton University. Sheftz formerly served as Visiting Assistant Professor in Musical Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; on the theatre faculty at Indiana University Purdue-Indiana University-Fort Wayne (IPFW); and as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Theater in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Other appointments Sheftz held include Director of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis; Director of Choral Activities at High Point University (North Carolina); and Chorus Master for the Minnesota Opera.

An experienced musician, Sheftz has been in 71 productions of musicals/opera around the country, serving as Musical Director/Conductor for 49 productions. Musicals include A Chorus Line, Always Patsy Cline, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Camelot, Children of Eden, Cinderella, Company, Dreamgirls, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss Me, Kate, Little Shop of Horrors, Man of La Mancha, Merrily We Roll Along, Mikado, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Oliver, On the Town, On the Twentieth Century, Peter Pan, Rumplestiltskin, Shenandoah, Side by Side by Sondheim, Songs for a New World, Starting Here, Starting Now, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, The 1940’s Radio Hour, The Christmas Schooner, The King and I, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Tintypes, Two by Two, West Side Story, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Other conducting highlights include: Concerto in d minor for two violins and orchestra {BWV1043} (Bach), Concerto for violin, oboe and strings {BWV 1060} (Bach), Magnificat (Bach), The Company of Heaven (Britten), Golden Bells (Norman Dinerstein), Requiem (Duruflé), African Sanctus and the American premiere of Dona Nobis Pacem (David Fanshawe) broadcast on National Public Radio, Requiem (Fauré), Concerto in E Major for organ and strings (Calvin Hampton) broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, Mass in d minor {Lord Nelson Mass} (Franz Joseph Haydn), Missa Brevis (Kodaly), Concerto for Flute and Harp (Mozart), Requiem {K. 626} (Mozart), Organ Concerto in Eb minor {Op. 55} (Horatio Parker), Organ Concerto (Stephen Paulus), Concerto in g minor for organ, strings and timpani (Poulenc), and the American première of Requiem for My Friend (Zbigniew Preisner), Concerto for Organ {Opus 177} (Rheinberger), and The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky). As Chorusmaster, Sheftz has prepared operas/masterworks for in international list of conductors including David Agler, Richard Bonynge, Richard Buckley, Carol Crawford, Cary John Franklin, John Keenan, Bernard Klee; and George Manahan.