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Meet Stephen Salts!
Stephen Salts is in his second season with Choral Arts Initiative and sings in the bass section.
So, tells us more about you!
I am a choral conductor and enthusiastic choral artist from the east coast. I completed my undergraduate degree at Florida State University and moved to southern California in 2011. Beautiful Long Beach is home now!
What is your most marked characteristic?
Like many before me, I am completely obsessed with the English choral tradition, especially the highly valued technique of 'cathedral diction.'
If you could have dinner with any composer (dead or alive), who would it be?
For now, let's say Herbert Howells.
What does passion mean to you?
An intense, fiery, and honest devotion (that can sometimes get you into trouble!)
What is your best or most inspiring memory (musical or otherwise)?
Memories of falling in love.
When did you begin your musical training? Why do you believe that music education is so important?
Why do you believe that music education is so important? Quite young. As a young boy of about eight years old I began singing in both church and school. I attended arts magnet schools in south Florida that were led by champions of the music education field. I am the only person in my family with an interest in pursuing music, and I am deeply grateful for my early music teachers because of their unfailing support. A great music educator not only teaches you musicianship skills, but also opens the door to confidence, leadership, respect, and emotional depth.
Who or what inspired you to make singing a part of your life?
Which author or poet touches you deeply?
I recently heard a poem by Tanya Lake (b. 1987) set to music by Gabriel Jackson... Together, the word and the music brought almost every emotion to the surface. Indeed, a great example of the beautiful marriage of poetry & choral music.
Outside of music, what brings you great joy?
I believe in a very equal balance of work and play... Always enjoying rowdy fun with family & friends!
What achievement(s) are you most proud of at this point in your life?
Right now, I am most proud that I will be graduating with a masters degree in choral conducting in May 2014!
Lorraine Joy Welling