Artistic Director

Stephen Field

profile1Originally from Connecticut, Stephen is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and of the University of Memphis.  Mr. Field studied conducting under the tutelage of Peter Bagley, Paul Phillips, and Robert Griffith.  Mr. Field has also served as a faculty member at both institutions and received opportunities to conduct the University of Connecticut Chorale, Connecticut Opera Alliance, University of Memphis Opera Theatre, and the Memphis Symphony.  Stephen is the founding Artistic Director of Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble, a choral group based in Wilmington from 2006 – 2012 that focused on large works with professional orchestra and soloists.  In 2007, while on a tour of Ukraine he stepped in at the last moment for an ailing colleague to conduct the Brahms Requiem for a national television and radio broadcast.

As a pianist, Stephen has studied with Leonard Seeber, Neil Larrabee and Joan Gilbert. He has  performed with the Memphis Symphony, Oleander Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Symphony, the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, Germantown Symphony, The UCONN Symphony Orchestra, The University of Memphis Orchestra, Southern Comfort Jazz Ensemble, Northeast Arkansas Symphony, Memphis Jazz Orchestra, The Rhythm University Orchestra and the Ars Nova Orchestra.  He has worked with conductors Mitch Miller, Skitch Henderson, Paul Phillips, Alan Balter and Sexton Ehrling, among others.  He played the American premiere of Pange Lingua Variations for Dave Brubeck.  He is widely sought after as soloist, accompanist, and chamber music partner. He was a founding member of  Memphis-based chamber group, The Idlewild Quartet, with whom he performed frequently around the Mid-South.  He is currently a founding member of the Caretta Quartet in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mr. Field has been featured many times on the renowned Dixon Gallery and Gardens Concert Series in Memphis and has performed recitals at the Yale Center for British Art, The Southport Concert Series, The Westport Library Concert Series and The Bruce Museum Concert Series in Connecticut. He has coached, accompanied and conducted opera performances in North Carolina, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Mississippi and in various Connecticut cities as well as accompanying numerous recitals and concerts for various vocal artists including Osceola Davis, Oziel Garza-Ornelas and Patrice Munsel.

Mr. Field currently teaches piano privately in Wilmington, North Carolina while continuing to perform. He is also the Director of Music and Organist at First Christian Church Wilmington.