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Stephen Squires

Stephen Squires

Stephen Squires is a musician with a career that blends his passions for conducting, teaching, and performing.  As a professional conductor, Mr. Squires has conducted for many exceptional artists, including Samuel Ramey, Janos Starker, Pinchas Zuckerman, Frederica von Stade, Shmuel Ashkenasi, John Browning, Leon Bates, Stewart Goodyear, Richard Stoltzman, Ani Kavafian, Wendy Warner, James Tocco, Richard Stillwell, and most of the principal players of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestras.  Fully committed to conducting the music of living composers, he has premiered over one hundred new works.

Mr. Squires received his musical training at the Preparatory School of the Eastman School of Music and the Crane School of Music, in his home state of New York.  He earned his Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting/Trumpet Performance at California State University, Northridge.  Further conducting studies were with Helmuth Rilling, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Tsung Yeh, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Squires has conducted recordings for the Albany, Delos, Spring Hill (a division of EMI), MEDR, Editions de la Rue Margot, and Centaur labels.

Stephen Squires is Professor of Conducting in the Music Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. The Chicago College of Performing Arts, whose prestigious faculty includes most of the principal players of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is one of a handful of American music schools offering a program specifically designed to prepare students for careers as orchestral players.

A conductor active in all genres, Mr. Squires’ current professional appointments include Resident Conductor of the Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Fox Valley Orchestra (Aurora, IL), Music Director of the Salt Creek Ballet Company (Chicago, IL), Music Director of the Illinois Brass Band (Arlington Heights, IL), and Music Director of the Millar Brass (Evanston, IL).  He is the former Music Director of the Illinois Chamber Symphony.  Mr. Squires has guest conducted the Syracuse Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Columbus (OH) Symphony, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, and conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Michael Tilson Thomas in Charles Ives “Holiday Symphony.” In addition to his varied conducting endeavors, he is an accomplished recital accompanist and freelance trumpeter.  

Chorus Master
Lisa Fredenburgh

Lisa Fredenburgh

Dr. Lisa Fredenburgh is Director of Choral Activities at Aurora University in Aurora, IL. She received her BA in music education at Luther College where she studied under Weston Noble.  She holds two M.M. degrees and a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona where she studied under Maurice Skones, Thomas Hilbish, Jerry McCoy and Kenneth Jennings.  She has held previous conducting posts at University of Central Missouri, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and with the Opera Company of North Carolina.

Dr. Fredenburgh often serves as guest conductor and clinician locally, nationally, and abroad.  She has conducted multiple All-State Choirs in states including Georgia, New York, Arkansas, and North Carolina. She has conducted and taught master classes in the Dominican Republic and in Bolivia. She is a frequent presenter at national, regional and state level professional organizations in the fields of Women’s Choral Music, and the Music of Latin America. She formerly served as National Chair for the Women’s Choir Repertoire & Standards Committee, for the American Choral Directors Association and served on the steering committee for the 50th Anniversary National Convention in 2009. In addition to American Choral Directors Association, she is a member of CMS, and Chorus America.