Dr. Steven W. Emge

Professor of Voice, Director of Opera, Music in American Society, Vocal Music Education

Office: FA 121
Phone: (580)745–2192
E-mail: semge@se.edu

Education

  • B.M.E., Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • M.M.E., Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • M.M., The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Ph.D., The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

About Dr. Steven W. Emge

Dr. Steven W. Emge is currently a Professor of Voice and Director of the SOSU Opera Theater Ensemble. In addition to his applied studio voice and opera direction responsibilities, he teaches courses in Vocal Pedagogy, Child & Adolescent Voice Development, and Music in American Society.

Dr. Emge was born and raised in Iowa attending Drake University and The University of Iowa.  While at The University of Iowa he studied voice with Dr. Scott McCoy (currently President-elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and author of one of the newest text on the subject of vocal pedagogy “Your Voice; An Inside View”) and opera with Beaumont Glass (author of several books including, “Schubert’s Complete Song Text” & “The Memoirs of an Opera Bug”).

Dr. Emge continues to be active as a tenor soloist both on and off the Southeastern campus.  As a performer of opera, Dr. Emge made his European Opera singing debut in the Opernfestspiele of St. Margarethen, Austria in June 2006.  He sang the principle role of Monostatos in Mozart’s famous opera Die Zauberflöte.  In August 2004 he served as assistant stage director for L’Opera Piccola’s production of Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, in Bad Schwalbach, Germany.  In addition to his role as assistant stage director he appeared on stage in the role of a clown.  He made his Dallas Opera Company debut in the role of Arthur Jones in the November 1997 production of Britten’s Billy Budd, and sang in the East Texas Symphony’s semi-staged production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in January 1999.  In January 2000 he made his second appearance with the Dallas Opera Company as Pasek, in their production of Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen.  Dr. Emge has had considerable experience in operatic roles ranging from Pedrillo, in the Cedar Rapids Symphony’s production of The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart, to his role as Rodolfo in the University of Iowa’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème.  He was recently seen as King Caspar in the Richardson Symphony’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti in December 2005.  In October 2007 he will appear in recital throughout the People’s Republic of China as he, and several Southeastern music faculty and students, travel to that country on a “good-will” recruiting trip for the university.  Dr. Emge has presented numerous vocal recitals on Southeastern’s campus and has been invited to perform in recital for several of the surrounding Southeastern Oklahoma Regional Colleges and Universities.  Composers have included Barber, Debussy, Faure, Quilter, Schubert, and Schumann to name just a few.

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