Steven Kronauer is an expert in vocal music. He is experienced as a voice teacher, tenor, and conductor, and is well-versed in the areas of opera, oratorio, musical theater, and vocal pedagogy. He has two Master’s degrees at the University of Michigan, one in Choral Conducting and the other in Vocal Performance.
Following that, Steven Kronauer began his professional career in the chorus of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany, as its youngest member ever. During his ten year engagement with the chorus, he had the privilege of meeting and studying with many noted singers of the highest echelon, including world famous Verdi tenor, Dennis O’Neill and Wagnerian baritone Donald MacIntyre. After extensive vocal study, Steven Kronauer was employed as a soloist with the Bavarian State Opera for television broadcasts, CD recordings, and live radio performances, appearing with Renée Fleming, Kurt Moll, and many others, in secondary tenor roles. Steven Kronauer performed the role of Smy in a world premiere of the German opera Peter Pan, by Willfried Hiller, directed by the world famous stage director August Everding. This performance was recorded at the Prinz-Regenten Theatre in Munich, Germany, and distributed by Deutche Gramaphone.
Steven Kronauer has studied oratorio with the finest of the field, including Ernst Haefliger and Peter Schreier, in Germany (while being a guest observer at the Deutche Stats Oper in Berlin, Germany) He also studied with tenor John McCollum in the USA. Since then, he established a career in Europe singing oratorio under such noted conductors as Karl Anton Richenbacher and Peter Schneider. Additionally, Steven Kronauer has sung as a soloist at the Cologne Philharmonic, and with the Münchner Philharmoniker in Germany. He has sung more than 100 performances of Carmina Burana, internationally. Steven Kronauer’s interest in opera conducting was enhanced upon becoming acquainted with Zubin Mehta and Wolfgang Sawallisch at the Munich Opera.
Steven Kronauer is in his final year of completing a doctorate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in choral and opera conducting under the direction of Donald Neuen and William Vendice, respectively. He has worked with Donald Neuen as an assistant conductor with the UCLA Chorale and with Maestro Vendice as the assistant conductor of the UCLA Opera, where Steven Kronauer will conduct a performance of Ravels opera L’enfent et les Sortileges in January of 2003. The University of Michigan offered Steven Kronauer the opportunity of completing two Masters Degrees in Vocal Performance (under Lorna Haywood) and Choral Conducting (under Theodore Morrison). There, he was the Assistant Conductor for Jerry Blackstone and The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club. He led a choral workshop at the University of Munich. Steven Kronauer’s expertise focused on performance practice and the choral sound needed for American and British chorale music. While in Munich he formed The Munich Opera Chamber Chorus, which sang some of the great chamber music of the Germanic tradition, including the complete Liebeslieder waltzes.
Steven Kronauer’s fluency in the German language and mastery of Italian and French diction make him an asset as a vocal coach. As a voice teacher, Steven Kronauer has had success with students of practically every genre, demonstrating an ability to teach beginning singers, Musical Theater performers (some of international standing), and highly successful opera singers who perform regularly at the Munich Opera and Covant Garden opera houses, among others. Being an accomplished professional singer since the age of nine, Steven Kronouer’s musical interests extend over several different genres and his understanding of the many different styles of music, including classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater, is deep. Steven Kronauer will always be interested in all aspects of vocal music and in finding talent, and in helping to aid students as they strive to express themselves so they may thrive in the musical world.