Jen Stephenson (Artistic Director), soprano, has performed throughout North America and Europe in a wide range of opera roles, as a vocal soloist, and as a member of several professional choral ensembles. As a featured soloist, she has performed with L’Orchestre et les Chanteurs de Saint Eustache of Paris, France; Nei Stëmmen of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; The Classical Music Festival of Eisenstadt, Austria; the Prentice Chorale of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Lawrence Opera Theatre of Lawrence, Kansas; and the Westfield Festival Chorus of Westfield, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has sung professionally with Alabama’s Highland Consort, the Richard Zielinski Singers, and New England’s Novi Cantori. Stephenson has sung leading roles with Opera du Perigord, Utah Lyric Opera, and New Century Opera. Favorite performances include the roles of Elvira (Don Giovanni), Magda (The Consul), Gertrune (The Twilight of the Gods), Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Frasquita (Carmen), and Manuelita (La Périchole), among others.
In addition to her work on stage, Stephenson has worked behind the scenes as an operatic stage director with Baylor Opera Theatre, Chicago Summer Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre, Harrower Summer Opera, Druid City Opera Workshop, the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, and Tabor College Opera, which she founded in 2015. In the summer of 2015, she was the recipient of the prestigious National Opera Association Stage Director Internship. Equally comfortable as a conductor, Stephenson has served as chorus-master for the Wichita Grand Opera, the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, and the University of South Florida Opera Workshop, and has conducted operas and musicals for The Actors Charitable Theatre, Arts in Motion, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre.
Dr. Stephenson holds degrees from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State University, The University of South Florida, and The University of Alabama. Currently, she is Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Baylor Opera Theatre. In addition, she teaches Acting for Singers and Advanced Opera Workshop. Previously, Stephenson served as Director of Vocal Studies at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, where she founded the Tabor College Opera program in 2015.