Stephen Bomgardner combines an active singing career with a full-time teaching career. Singing engagements in 2012-2013 included three recitals in Texas and Ohio, tenor soloist with the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, and the role of King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with the SRO Lyric Theatre.
He has performed over 120 solo and chamber music recitals in Boston, Seattle, Kansas City, New Orleans, Houston, and numerous other cities across the United States. He has also been invited to give twenty-two lecture recitals at regional and national conferences of the College Music Society and state music conventions such as the Texas Music Educators Association. In oratorio and concert works, he has performed as soloist in thirty-five different works by such composers as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Britten.
In opera, he specializes in character tenor roles, and in the patter roles of Gilbert and Sullivan. His repertoire includes twenty-six different character roles such as Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro), Vasek (The Bartered Bride), and Jack Point (The Yeoman of the Guard). Most recently he performed the role of the Goro (Madama Butterfly) and the Counselor (Trial by Jury) with SRO Lyric Theatre, and Spoletta (Tosca) with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
He is Associate Professor of Music at Drury University where he teaches voice, voice-related courses, and music history. Previously, he taught at Minnesota State University-Mankato, Gustavus Adolphus College, Pittsburg State University and the University of Texas-Pan American. He also spent four summers teaching at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), the high school component of the Tanglewood Music Festival. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Boston University's School of Music, the Master of Music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music from Fort Hays State University.
B.M. (1985) Fort Hays State University
M.M. (1989) Rice University
D.M.A. (1997) Boston University