Stephen Wesley Salts is an internationally distinguished Fulbright scholar of choral music. As a conductor, he has enjoyed directing choirs throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. Highlights of his early conducting career include performances at Westminster Abbey, four of the major Basilicas in Rome, and venues in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition to his conducting engagements, he is in constant demand as a versatile bass-baritone. He has been featured as both a soloist and a chorister on major studio recordings released by Hyperion Records, for whom he also co-authored liner notes for a recording of contemporary American choral music. Some of Stephen’s singing highlights include performing for Her Majesty The Queen, singing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and holding weeklong residencies at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, and Salisbury Cathedral.
Stephen is Associate Faculty of Music at Riverside City College in California where he conducts the Concert Choir and teaches a studio of voice and conducting students. Previously, he was the conductor of the Royal Holloway Founder’s Choir, assistant conductor of the internationally acclaimed Choir of Royal Holloway, and assistant conductor of the 2016 “Choir of the World” – the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir.
Stephen earned his Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Florida State University, his first Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Summa cum laude, and another Master of Music degree with highest honors from one of the leading music departments in the United Kingdom at Royal Holloway, University of London. He attended Royal Holloway on a Fulbright Postgraduate Award for research focused on the Anglican choral tradition. An avid church musician, he serves as the Founding Director of the Song School music education program at St Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach, a staff singer and conducting scholar at St James’ in the City Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, and was the Interim Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in 2016. Stephen also served as the Founder & Creative Director of Howells125, a music festival in California celebrating the music of Herbert Howells.
Updated January 2018