Graduate Student Recital: Steven Thomson, Choral Conducting

Event Date: 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event Date Details: 

YouTube Premiere link

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
Steven Thomson
Graduate student Steven Thomson (Choral Conducting) will present a virtual Master of Music recital on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6 pm PDT as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music's YouTube channel. The program will include performances by Dr. Naomi Merer (soprano), Marta Hovhannisyan (soprano and alto), Lauren Vanderlinden (alto), Soohyun Ryu (alto), Kartik Sundaram (tenor), and Benjamin Hanson (tenor). Thomson will conduct the program, which features two pieces for choir—K'eler Ts'oler by Komitas Vardapet and Khorumi by Mamia Khatelishvili. Thomson is a student of Dr. Nicole Lamartine, UC Santa Barbara Sorensen Director of Choral Music.
YouTube Premiere link:


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Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935)
K’eler Ts’oler
Armenian folk song arranged for SAT choir
Performed by Kartik Sundaram, Benjamin Hansen, Marta Hovhannisyan, Dr. Naomi Merer, Soohyun Ryu, and Lauren Vanderlinden
Mamia Khatelishvili (1932-1988)
TTTBBB work based on Georgian dance rhythms/melodies originating in the province of Adzharia
Performed by Steven Thomson on all parts

About the Artist

Steven Thomson is a first-year graduate student in choral conducting at UCSB where he conducts and sings in the studio of Dr. Nicole Lamartine. In addition to his studies, Steven serves as the Interim Music Director and Organist at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito. Before pursuing his degree in conducting, Steven completed advanced coursework and research in ethnomusicology, including a MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago. He has worked with numerous choirs including the Santa Barbara Choral Society and the Hover State Chamber Choir of Armenia. He previously studied voice with Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian and Prof Anna Mayilyan and pipe organ with Dr. Elizabeth Naegele. Steven is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Republic of Armenia, 2016-2018).
Steven Thomson