Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Voice and Chair of Voice
B.M. (1982) Auburn University
M.M. (1985) Florida State Univeristy
D.M.A. (1991) Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
1106 Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Stephen King is the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Voice and Chair of Vocal Studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Additionally, he is Director of Vocal Instruction for the singers of the famed Houston Grand Opera Studio and is a member of the Artist Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute.
An internationally recognized teacher, Stephen King’s students sing on the major operatic and concert stages of the world, and he is sought out for his expertise in training singers and teachers. He has appeared at Moscow’s International School of Vocal Art, The Chinese International Music Festival, as master teacher for the NATS Foundation Teacher Intern Program and at the National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Mr. King maintains formal teaching relationships with young artist programs at Los Angeles Opera and Dallas Opera, as well as teaching singers who are young artists at the companies of Chicago Lyric, Seattle, Minnesota and Utah. His current students appear in virtually every major young artist venue including Merola, Wolftrap, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Marilyn Horne’s Wings of Song, Music Academy of the West and The Aspen Music Festival. Students have been winners of numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, the Eleanor McCollum Competition, Dallas Opera Guild and Palm Beach Opera. Mr. King’s teaching has been profiled in the 2008 University of Minnesota PH.D dissertation, Three Exemplary Voice Teachers: Their Philosophies and Studio Techniques.
Mr. King’s professional studio includes a large group of international level singers who have been winners of competitions such as the George London, Richard Tucker, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Operalia, Vinas, ARD, Belvedere and Tchaikovsky. Three singers have been finalists in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. These singers are singing at the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, Canadian Opera, English National, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and numerous others.
Mr. King lives in Houston, Texas with wife Amy and sons, Matt and Stewart.