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Stephen M. Sano

Stephen M. Sano

Professor (Teaching)
Harold C. Schmidt Director of Choral Studies
Director of Asian American Studies, CCSRE
Rachford & Carlota A. Harris University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
Affiliate Faculty in Asian American Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Center for East Asian Studies
D.M.A., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
B.A., San José State University


Director, Chamber Chorale and Symphonic Chorus. Nationally and internationally invited master class teacher in conducting and choral music, guest conductor and adjudicator in choral music; has conducted master classes and performances with festival, honor, and collegiate choirs, orchestras, and other instrumental ensembles from over 20 states as well as from England, Germany, Austria, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

Special fields: Viennese Chorwalzer, Hawaiian choral music, music of Queen Lili'uokalani, ki ho'alu (Hawaiian slack key guitar), North American Taiko (Japanese American drumming).

Studies at Tanglewood Music Center and with Mitchell Sardou Klein, William Ramsey, Aiko Onishi, Alfred Kanwischer, Fernando Valenti, Ozzie Kotani. Harpsichordist, International Chamber Orchestra of Rome.

Former conducting faculty, Wilkes University Encore Music Festival of Pennsylvania.

Recordings:  Pictoria Records (choral) and DHC (choral and ki ho'alu). Grammy preliminary ballot (choral). Grammy preliminary ballot, Hawaiian Music Award finalist, Na Hoku Hanohano Award finalist (ki ho'alu).