b. 1938

Naomi Stephan's upbringing in a Lutheran parsonage with a clergyman father and a musicologist/singer/organist mother in the shadows of Indiana University destined her life path for singing and scholarship. Her performance background spans solo, ensemble and choral repertoire including medieval, renaissance and baroque sacred music, as well as madrigals, oratorio, art song, and contemporary.

Naomi’s undergraduate and graduate studies at IU and the University of Illinois centered on German literature, voice and musicology. During those studies, Naomi received two consecutive Fulbright scholarships for Lieder and sacred music, and earned a second B.A. in Voice from the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, and where she performed regularly. She was a further awarded a German Government Grant (DAAD) to the University of Düsseldorf to write a dissertation on the Lieder of Robert Schumann set to poems of Heinrich Heine.

After thirteen years as a professor/performer at Valparaiso University (IN), Naomi’s musical interest expanded to composing for women’s choruses to poems largely by women, herself included. Her first composition, Spring Song, (one of three poems set to poet Sue Carroll Moore), was the only woman composer to be programmed at the Chorus America Convention in L.A. in 1993. Two other poems in YR include Learn to Think Lizard and Our Promised Land. Website

 

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