Stephen Salts is a professional musician based in Los Angeles. He has earned three degrees including a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida State University, Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University-Long Beach (Summa cum laude), and Master of Music with Highest Distinction from one of the leading music departments in the United Kingdom at Royal Holloway-University of London. He studied conducting with Dr. Jonathan Talberg (USA) and Rupert Gough (UK), and singing with Larry Gerber (USA) and Mark Wilde (UK). Stephen has also benefited greatly from a year of vocal coaching with members of the King’s Singers.
In 2014, Stephen was awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship to research the Anglican choral tradition in England. Living in London, Stephen conducted the Royal Holloway Founder’s Choir, and sang with the internationally acclaimed Choir of Royal Holloway, for whom he was the Assistant Conductor. He has recorded and produced albums of choral music, authored album liner notes for Hyperion Records, performed on BBC radio and television, sang for Her Majesty The Queen and Members of the Royal Family, integrated with the conducting program at the Royal Academy of Music, and conducted choirs in Westminster Abbey, Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, Basilica di Sacro Cuore, and Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome.
Stephen is Associate Faculty of Music at Riverside City College, Master of Choristers at St Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach, a staff singer at St James’ in the City Episcopal Church, and a regular performer with many professional choirs in southern California. He is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association and the American Guild of Organists, and is in demand throughout California as a guest lecturer, clinician for masterclasses, and adjudicator for festivals and competitions.
Updated April 2016