Austin Stewart_CV June 2019 For Web





Arbor Opera Theater | Ann Arbor, MI

Artistic Director

May 2018–Present

• Program 3 mainstage productions each season, including both canonic and new works, focusing on works that

represent marginalized voices and stories to affirm the relevance of the organization in the community

• Contract and train emerging artists of many backgrounds, various regions, and levels of professional experience

• Build community partnerships to increase patron accessibility to performances across a wider geographic area,

and expand number of presenting spaces that are non-traditional for opera and the organization’s patrons

• Develop relationships with composers, poets, and managers to workshop pieces in the early stage of creation

• Propose and manage an annual budget totaling $40,000 for production and personnel expenses

• Recruit and supervise three student interns who assist with expanding the organization’s visibility and impact

• Engage new audiences, with increases to date in university student attendance by 20%, and new patrons by 35%

• Manage our online ticketing system (GeoTix), Salesforce, and MailChimp for marketing and data analytics

Michigan Opera Theatre | Detroit, MI

Audience Engagement Coordinator July 2015–October 2017

• Programed and presented upwards of 40 arts-based community events per season, which engaged

approximately 5,000 patrons outside of our primary venue on an annual budget of $30,000

o Organized performances outside the silos of the opera house, brought experiences to non-traditional spaces,

including public parks, zoos, library reading rooms, historic buildings, university lecture halls, and at private

homes for events hosted by politicians, community builders, and major stakeholders

o Integrated programs with those of other arts and culture groups, such as programming songs on texts by

Shakespeare to counterpoint an exhibit of a First Folio at the Detroit Institute of Arts

• Developed company’s MOT Ambassador program, a grass-roots model of engaging and building opera

audiences, recipient of OPERA America and the Getty Foundation’s 2016 Building Opera Audiences grant

• Created podcast series with local public radio station WDET and hosted public-access television and Facebook

Live learning opportunities to educate potential audiences on the company’s productions

• Researched industry standards for community engagement and pricing accessibility for young patrons

• Organized focus groups and program evaluations with internal and external parties to understand the successes

of programming and area for growth

Aspen Music Festival and School | Aspen, CO

Assistant Program Book Manager Seasonal, 2012–2013

• Assisted in editing a fourteen-volume serial program book, recognized as the premier publication of its

kind in the U.S., and coordinated artist and donor recognition for special events

• Presented pre-performance lectures, and produced weekly program notes for publication

Administrative Assistant and Supertitles Manager, Aspen Opera Theatre Center Seasonal, 2009–2011

• Prepared translations for upwards of a dozen scenes every week, which were projected above the stage

• Prepared class materials, and on occasion guest-taught classes on Shakespeare

Conductors Retreat at Medomak | Ann Arbor, MI & Washington, ME

Manager and Assistant to Founder and Director 2009–2012

• Scheduled 3 weeks of classes, lectures, orchestra rehearsals, and concerts for 42 participants at an annual

workshop, managing four different venues in use at any given time during the day-to-day operations

• Communicated with musician-managers to contract a full symphony orchestra, also acquiring necessary

performing rights, and soliciting sponsorship from local businesses


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Member, Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, Board of Directors

Chair of Fundraising Committee and Member at Large, Board of Directors (Volunteer)

July 2016–Present

• Principal grant writer:

o Recipient of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs operational support grants, scoring above

the 93 rd percentile, garnering in 2018 and 2019 approximately 32% of the annual budgets

o Recipient of fully funded Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and Ypsilanti Area Community

Fund program grants, garnering in 2017 and 2018 approximately 10% of the annual budgets

• Implement Giving Tuesday campaigns, which raised 30% in 2018 and 27% in 2019 of the annual budgets

• Organize semi-annual Family Day: Invite special guests from regional arts and cultural groups to perform

for underserved students free-of-charge, building community through an arts-based experience

• Develop and maintain websites (Squarespace and WordPress) and design all marketing materials

Member, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Alumni Board and Annual Fund Committee

Serve on advisory committee for alumni engagement and regional development initiatives

May 2012–Present

Curator, “I, Too, Sing America” for Michigan Opera Theatre, winner of 2017 Knight Arts Challenge February 2018

Producer, “Out of the Silence: Music in Early 20c African American Communities” at UM Museum of Art January 2018

Producer, “Musicians Take a Stand for Refugees: Beethoven” at Hill Auditorium September 2017

Producer, “Requiem for Orlando” at Hill Auditorium June 2016

Performance of Mozart’s Requiem in honor of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando,

Florida. In the 48 hours following the attack, Austin Stewart and conductor Kevin Fitzgerald recruited over

300 musicians, including vocal soloists Alaina Brown, Ashley Dixon, George Shirley and Stephen West, for

the performance in Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. The performance drew an audience of 2,500.


The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor March 2019

Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Musicology

Dissertation: “The Opera is Booming. This is a City.: Opera in the Urban Frontier of Denver, 1864–1893”

Hans T. David and Glenn McGeoch Awards for research and teaching excellence, the Department of Musicology

Primary Fields: American music studies, nineteenth-century opera, American culture, opera in vernacular translation

Secondary Fields: Baroque opera, comic opera, early opera singers, the marketplace of opera and classical music

Other studies: Music education in renaissance Italian academies, scenography, history of architecture

Qualifying Thesis: “Rewiring Bach: Stokowski, Landowska, and the Celebrity of Bach in Early Recorded Media”

The University of Texas at Austin December 2011

Master of Music in Opera Conducting

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor April 2009

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with High Honors

PUBLISHED PROGRAM BOOK NOTES AND SAMPLES ( Selected Organizations, Complete List and Samples Available)

Michigan Opera Theatre Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Aspen Music Festival and School ensemble viii (Austin, TX) Chicago Symphony Orchestra (forthcoming)

New York Polyphony Austin Symphony Orchestra Christ Church Grosse Pointe


The American Musicological Society

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

Society for Eighteenth-Century Music

The Society for American Music

American Bach Society

Hamburger Telemann-Gesellschaft (elected)


German (Academic); Italian (Academic/Conversational); French (Elementary)

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