- Assistant Director for Operations
Scheduling & Operations
Education BA, Duke University; MM, The University of Texas at Austin; currently pursuing DMA, The University of Texas at Austin
Stephens is a mezzo soprano, voice teacher and arts administrator based in Austin, TX with a soft spot for new music.
Equally at home with newer works and standard repertoire, she has premiered 17 new works since 2015 by composers including Dana Lyn, Adrienne Inglis, Russell Podgorsek, Alex Heppelmann, Joshua Shank, Keenan Boswell, Steven Serpa, Nicholas Perry Clark, Akshaya Avril Tucker, Robbie LaBanca, Trevor Shaw, Thomas Yee and Adeliia Faizullina. She gave the premiere performances of Mark Kilstofte's The White Album in New York with Copland House, in Austin with the UT New Music Ensemble, and in the Pacific Northwest with pianist Chuck Dillard.
During the pandemic, Stephens has moved her performances online. She has virtual performances lined up in the 20-21 season with Less Than <10, Inversion Ensemble, and a pandemic-related album project with composer Matthew Lyons.
Recent musical and operatic roles include Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George with Austin Shakespeare, Cecilia March in Little Women with the Butler Opera Center, and the Dating Coordinator in Speed Dating Tonight! with Alamo City Opera. In addition to theatrical work, Stephens enjoys collaborating on recital and chamber music; highlights from the last few years include Harold Meltzer's Variations on a Summer Day and Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs with the UT Austin New Music Ensemble, Music for 18 Musicians for the Fast Forward Austin Festival, Drumming with both Sō Percussion and line upon line percussion, and a myriad of songs and cycles with pianists Chuck Dillard, Chien-Lin Lu, Kate Stubbs, Neilson Chen and Charlie Magnone.
Stephens appears regularly with several Austin-based ensembles such as Ars Longa Ensemble, Austin Cantorum and Inversion Ensemble as both an ensemble member and a soloist. She was recently added to the artist roster for Conspirare and Tinsel Singers.
In addition to performing, she maintains a busy private studio of voice students. Her students have gone on to study voice or musical theater at Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern, Trinity, Ouachita Baptist and Florida State Universities. Stephens is the Assistant Director of Operations at the Sarah & Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University where she studied with Verdi soprano Susan Dunn and her Master of Music from UT Austin. She is currently working on her doctorate in vocal Pedagogy here at the Butler School. Prior to singing, Stephens studied dance for 15 years – she owes a great deal to those instructors for teaching her how to listen and exposing her to a wealth of music.