Professor of Music / Voice
Chair, Fine & Performing Arts
Phone: (417) 873-7388
Office: O'Bannon Hall 105
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Stephen Bomgardner combines an active singing career with a full-time teaching career. Singing engagements in 2016 included recitals in Long Beach (CA), Portland (OR), and Santa Fe, (NM), and the roles of Basilio and Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the SRO Lyric Theatre.
He has performed over 130 solo and chamber music recitals in Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, and numerous other cities across the United States. He has also been invited to give 41 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 the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), 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 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
Drury University faculty member since 2005
Professor of Music since 2014