» Dr. Stephen Coker
Associate Professor, Director, Choral Activities

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Stephen Coker
Director of Choral Activities
Office Location:
Bertea Hall 106
Phone:
(714) 744-2106
Email:
Education
Oklahoma City University, Bachelor of Music
Oklahoma City University, Master of Music
University of Southern California, Doctor of Music in Conducting
Biography

Stephen Coker is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Chapman University.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Coker served on the faculties of Portland State University (2006-2009), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) from 2000-2006, and Oklahoma City University (OCU) from 1975-2000.

At both CCM and OCU, Coker was awarded the “Outstanding Teacher Award” (2002 and 1991, respectively), and he was given the "Director of Distinction Award" by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association in 1995. In frequent demand as a clinician and guest conductor across the nation, Dr. Coker has worked in roughly half of the fifty states.  Internationally, he has conducted professional, collegiate, and youth choirs and orchestras in workshops and festivals in Portugal, South Korea, Israel, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Coker received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from OCU and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, having studied with Rodney Eichenberger, James Vail, and David Wilson.  An avid enthusiast of choral-orchestral performance, Coker has conducted much of that major repertoire including works of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Dvorak, Vaughan Williams, Duruflé, Poulenc, Orff, and Bernstein, and has prepared choruses for James Levine, James Conlon, and Erich Kunzel.  As a professional chorister, he has sung for conductors Helmuth Rilling, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dennis Russell Davies, and the late Robert Shaw.

Other special interests of Dr. Coker include orchestral conducting, world music, opera and musical theater, and church music.  Throughout most of his academic career, he has held choir director positions at Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Episcopal parishes. Currently, he serves as Director of the Sanctuary Choir at Claremont United Methodist Church.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Conducted Mixed Choir at Chapman Summer Choral camp, editing various compositions for final performance
Attended the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Chicago, attending numerous workshops, lectures, and performances
Held a 4-day guest artist/faculty residency at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, teaching conducting and conducting two university choirs in performance with orchestra
1--Arranged choral setting of "There Is a Balm in Gilead," rehearsed and performed many times with the University Choir. 2--Arranged choral setting of Scottish folk song, "Lassie, Would Ye Love Me, rehearsed by the University Choir.
Arranged 3-Part setting of Mendelssohn's "Die Nachtigall" (from the original 4-part setting) for performance by the high school age choir of VOCALIZZE, a youth choir Festival in Portugal
Guest Conductor/Faculty of VOCALIZZE, a week-long youth choral festival in Lisbon, Portugal (also, summers of 2010, 2009 and 2008). In 2010, two Chapman students accompanied me to Portugal, serving as my assistants, both of whom conducted a work on the final festival concert.
Guest professor at Instituto Piaget (Portuguese private university in Lisbon), teaching conducting, choral literature, and choral techniques
Guest Conductor in two performances of the Orquestra Filharmonia das Beiras (professional orchestra located in Aveiro, Portugal, performing orchestral works of Mahler, Puccini, Copland, Barber, Gershwin, and Braga-Santos
Conducted the 2010 California Coastal Region Honor Choir, consisting of the top talent from over 40 high schools from the Bay Area and Central Coastal Region
Adjudicated 3 high school choral festivals, giving written comments (and some personal clinics)
Arranged and conducted a choral setting of the Maori folk song "Pokarekare ana" and the Kenyan folk song "Jambo" for the high school age choir of VOCALIZZE, a youth choral festival in Portugal
Volunteered as co-chorus master for Opera Chapman's production of Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE, playing and conducting chorus rehearsals and mentoring a student assistant conductor
Delivered a presentation before the 2009 Northwest Music Educators National Conference in Spokane, WA ("Aspects of Performance Practice and Related Rehearsal and Editing Techniques"). This presentation came as a result of being given special recognition (President's "Blue Ribbon" Designation) at the 2008 Oregon Music Educators Convention for delivering a similar presentation.
Served as a judge for the Classical Singer Festival, Portland, OR.
Attended the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma City, OK, attending numerous workshops, lectures, and performances.
2009-Served as adjudicator at 6 choral festivals, giving written comments (and some personal clinics)
Clinician and Adjudicator for Salem, OR District 5 Choral festival.
Arranged choral Setting of "Shall We Gather at the River," performed by the University Choir numerous times on tour and on campus
Guest Conductor and Faculty Member for a 9-day residency at Intituto Piaget (a private university in Lisbon, Portugal), teaching Choral Literature Seminar, Conducting Seminar, and Conducting the University Graduate Chamber Choir in a program of 19th-Century German repertoire (Bruckner, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Rheinberger).
Guest Conductor/Clinician for the West Linn High School District Choral Festival, West Linn, OR
I arranged a choral setting of the spiritual "Steal Away" which was published/released in 2009 by Oregon Catholic Press. The University Singers performed this numerous times on tour and on campus.
Attended the World Symposium of the International Federation of Choral Musicians in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Host/Clinic 4 high school choirs from Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
Served as faculty member and conductor for the choral portion of the summer program, Young Singers Workshop, at Portland State University, June 2008.
Performed the Pacific Northwest premier of Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass," June 2008, First Unitarian Church, Portland Oregon.