Dr. Steven Kronauer, tenor, conductor, and voice teacher, started his singing at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich Germany, as its youngest member ever. During his ten-year engagement, he had the privilege of meeting and studying with many noted singers of the highest echelon, including Denis O’neill and the Wagnerian baritone Donald MacIntyre. He also had the honor of studying a great majority of the Oratorio repertoire with Ernst Haefliger and Peter Schreier in Germany (while being a guest observer as a conductor at the Deutche Stats Oper in Berlin). Eventually Dr. Kronauer was hired as a soloist with the Bavarian State Opera for television broadcasts, CD recordings, and live radio performances, appearing with Renee Fleming, Kurt Mohl, and many others, in secondary tenor roles. Dr. Kronauer performed the role of Smy in a world premiere of the German opera Peter Pan, by Willfried Hiller, directed by the world famous stage director August Everding. This performance was recorded at the Prinz-Regenten Theatre in Munich, Germany, and distributed by Deutche Gramophone.
Additionally, Dr. Kronauer has sung as a soloist at the Cologne Philharmonic, and with the Munich Philharmonic in Germany. He has sung more than 100 performances of Carmina Burana, internationally. Dr. Kronauer has been a soloist with many organizations since his return from Europe, including a frequent guest with the Angeles Chorale in Los Angeles. He has also been featured in an hour interview with Gene Parrish at KCSN playing recordings of his performances and discussing his experiences during his career. He is also a soloist with the Los Angeles Bach Society and The New York City Master Chorale.
Dr. Kronauer has a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in operatic and choral conducting under the direction of Donald Neuen and William Vendice, respectively. He has worked with Donald Neuen as assistant conductor with the UCLA Chorale and with Maestro Vendice as the assistant conductor of the UCLA Opera, where Dr. Kronauer conducted performances of Ravel’s opera l’enfant et les Sortileges in January of 2003. The University of Michigan offered Dr. Kronauer the opportunity of completing two Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance (under Lorna Haywood) and Choral Conducting (under Theo Morison). There, he was the Assistant Conductor for Jerry Blackstone and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club. He has also led a choral workshop at the University of Munich, focusing on performance practice of American and British chorale music, as well as vocal technique. While in Munich he formed the Munich Opera Chamber Chorus, which sang some of the great chamber music of the Germanic tradition, including the complete Liebeslieder waltzes.
As a teacher of voice he has worked at such notable institutions as The University of California, Irvine, and has served as a voice teacher and as the music director of the Opera at California State University, Los Angeles, for two years. He has also had the honor of presenting a lecture to the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing on the Do’s and Don’ts of Starting a Singing Career in Germany. Currently Dr. Kronauer is teaching at California State Unversity, Long Beach and is the acting chair of the voice department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.