Page StephensAustin, TX
Page is a mezzo soprano, voice teacher and arts administrator based in Austin, TX with a soft spot for new music.
Page is equally at home with newer works and standard repertoire. She premiered seven new works last year by composers including Alex Heppelmann, Joshua Shank, Russell Podgorsek, Keenan Boswell and Steven Serpa. This Fall, she performed Mark Kilstofte’s The White Album with both Copland House at Merestead, NY and the UT New Music Ensemble in Austin. Russsell Podgorsek is currently crafting the lone singing role for Page in an interactive chamber opera, The Two of Swords, with text by award-winning author Kelly Luce, to be performed with invoke string quartet.
Recent musical and operatic roles include Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George with Austin Shakespeare (2015), Cecilia March in Little Women with the Butler Opera Center (2017), and the Dating Coordinator in Speed Dating Tonight! with Alamo City Opera (2017). In addition to theatrical work, Page enjoys collaborating on recital and chamber music; highlights from the last few years include Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs with the UT Austin New Music Ensemble, Music for 18 Musicians for the Fast Forward Austin Festival, Drumming with both Sō Percussion and line upon line percussion, and a myriad of art song with pianists Chien-Lin Lu, Kate Stubbs, Neilson Chen and Charlie Magnone.
In addition to performing, she maintains a busy private studio of voice students. Her students have gone on to study voice or musical theater at Northwestern, Trinity, Ouachita Baptist, and Florida State Universities. Page is the Assistant Director of Operations at the Sarah & Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. She also serves as the current Vice Chair of the UT Staff Council.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University where she studied with Verdi soprano Susan Dunn and her Master of Music from UT Austin. Prior to singing, Page studied dance for 15 years – she owes a great deal to those instructors for exposing her to a wealth of music.
The White Album
Live recording of Page Stephens singing Mark Kilstofte’s song cycle The White Album with the University of Texas at Austin New Music Ensemble on November 1, 2017. These songs use poetry including the color white to paint stages of grief we go through upon losing someone. Page performed this cycle days prior with the Copland House ensemble in NY.
Hildegard von Bingen from Simple Songs
This is the first song in Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs for voice and chamber orchestra, performed in 2015 with the UT New Music Ensemble under Dan Welcher.