Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Steven Sametz, Composer/Conductor
Carmina amoris: Songs of Love
Lehigh University Choral Arts brings its tradition of excellence into the spotlight on the renowned main stage of Carnegie Hall. The performance features Sametz's own compositions, I Have Had Singing and the choral symphony Carmina amoris, which sets medieval texts to music – by turn explosive, argumentative, provocative, and serene. With the Lehigh Choral Union, University Choir, Dolce, and the historic Glee Club, now in its 145th year.
Artist's NameSteven Sametz
Participating Group Directors
Steven Sametz is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music at Lehigh University and the Artistic director of the professional chamber choir, The Princeton Singers. At Lehigh, he is the founder-director of the Lehigh University Choral Union, a 150-voice non-auditioned group made up of university faculty, students, staff and members of the Lehigh Valley community. Dr. Sametz has appeared as guest conductor with the New York Chamber Symphony, the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Berkshire Music Festival and the Netherlands Radio Choir.
Also active as a composer, Sametz been hailed as “one of the most respected choral composers in America.” In 2013, he received the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Prize. The press surrounding this award has included international coverage by the Associated Press and CBS Evening News. He is the recipient of the American Choral Director Association’s Raymond Brock Memorial Commission and he serves as the American Choral Directors Association’s national advisor on composition. Sametz is the founding director of the biennial Lehigh University Summer Choral Composers’ Forum, a weeklong intensive training seminar dedicated to fostering new choral voices in America. In 2013, Sametz was named to the Fulbright Specialist Program. His works have been recorded by The Princeton Singers and Chanticleer CDs, including the Grammy Award-winning, “Colors of Love.”