Wayne State University

Dr. Stephens named 2014 Africana Artist-in-Residence at UNCC

Assistant Professor of Voice, Dr. Emery Stephens, has been named the 2014 Africana Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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 Assistant Professor Emery Stephens

Baritone Emery Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Wayne State University, where his teaching focuses on applied voice, class voice, and opera workshop. The Boston Phoenix notes that he sings, “with ringing suavity and articulate intelligence.” His professional credits include engagements with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Boston Opera Theatre, Handel and Haydn Society, Orchestra Canton, Main Street Opera, Carolina Ballet, Arbor Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony, Boston Early Music Festival, Prism Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, and Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, among others. As a narrator, he participated in two world premieres: JFK: The Voice of Peace(1999) by Daniel Welcher and Sweet Music in Harlem (2008) by Andy Kirschner.

In addition to performance opportunities, Stephens held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan (graduate student instructor), Eastern Michigan University, Concordia University-Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following his graduate studies in voice performance at Boston University, he performed in outreach education concerts for Opera New England, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Handel and Haydn Society. As a teacher committed to the continual development of his pedagogic skills, Stephens completed professional summer workshops at the Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and with Los Angeles vocal coach, Lisa Popeil, on the pedagogy of contemporary commercial technique and vocal styles (Voiceworks Method).

Dr. Stephens has presented his survey research at conference sessions for the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music, College Music Society (Great Plains Region), International Congress of Voice Teachers, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the African-American Art Song Alliance. In addition, his academic research was highlighted in the collaborative article, “Diversifying the Playing Field: Solo Performance of African American Spirituals and Art Songs by Voice Students from all Racial Backgrounds," published in the Journal of Singing by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (November/December 2013).

An active clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Stephens is affiliated with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Center for Black Music Research, African American Art Song Alliance, American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Negro Musicians, National Opera Association, and the Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music.

To view a recent research article co-authored by Dr. Stephens, click here.