Stephen Mager: Composer -- Conductor

Recent Recordings

A new compact disc recording was  just released in October, 2019: A Schubert Spring, features Willard Cobb, tenor, with pianist Stephen Mager, in Lieder and solo piano selections. Performance recorded live in 1986. The new compact disc was engineered by John M. Blaine, remastered by Barry Hufker.

Another compact disc recording was released in September, 2018: Tone Paintings Piano Music of Modern French Masters: Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, Satie. Stephen Mager is featured in solo performances, recorded live in 1990. This disc was was also engineered by John M. Blaine and remastered by Barry Hufker.

Upcoming performances and lectures

September 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Equinox Chamber Players – 20th Anniversary Celebration
Dayspring School of the Arts
2500 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

The program includes a sneak peak of Dr. Mager’s newly commissioned work
for woodwinds and piano, En plein air, inspired by paintings of French artists.
The excerpt to be performed will the Sonatine à la manière de Gabriel Fauré.

A video
of some of the art work that inspires this new work:

Masterworks Chorale and Children’s Choruses
2018-19 schedule – 45th Concert Season

Saturday, September 15, 2018    6:00-9:00 p.m.
Masterworks Season Preview Party
Masterworks Chorale principal singers
The Abbey, 5801 W. Main Street, Belleville
Our season kick-off celebration, with music, refreshments, and good times – a free event!

Sunday, October 14, 2018  3:00 p.m.
A Masterworks Octoberfest
Masterworks Chorale and Dance Ensemble
Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville
A frothy afternoon of music and dance, including Brahms’ lilting Liebeslieder Waltzes

Sunday, October 28, 2018    3:00 p.m.
Music for Young Voices
Masterworks Children’s Chorus
Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville
Music from around the world for dynamic young musicians

Sunday, December 9, 2018     7:30 p.m.
A Masterworks Christmas with Christine Brewer
Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra
Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon
Southern Illinois’ most beautiful holiday concert, featuring Southern Illinois’ favorite soprano

Listen to the Chorale sing, Caroling, Caroling:

Friday, February 1, 2019    6:30 p.m.
Masterworks Valentine’s Gala
Masterworks Chorale and Children’s Chorus
Saint Clair Country Club
Our annual winter dinner auction, with performances by the Chorale and Children’s Choruses

Sunday, February 24, 2019    2:30 p.m.
Broadway Pops on Main Street
Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Jazz Ensemble
Lincoln Theatre, Belleville
Masterworks return to Belleville’s historic Lincoln Theatre, with its classic proscenium stage and colorful theatre pipe organ. A program of favorites from the Great White Way and the Silver Screen.

Sunday, April 28, 2018     3:00 p.m.
This Shall Be for Music
Masterworks Children’s Choruses
Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville
Metro-East’s finest young ensemble in concert – a delightful surprise!

Sunday, May 5, 2019    3:00 p.m.
Celtic Spring
Masterworks Chorale and guest artists
Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon
A reprise celebration of folk music ancient and new from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Meet Me at the Square
Masterworks Chorale
Art on the Square, Belleville
Broadway, Pops, and Celtic favorites by Metro-East’s premiere choral ensemble

Choral Workshop, February 9

February Flourish, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, Saint Louis Chapter
February 9, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Kirkwood United Methodist Church
201 West Adams Avenue, Kirkwood, Missouri
Workshop: “Plain speaking about choral excellence – Making the most of variable resources”
[To be presented twice –morning and afternoon]

Other items of interest…

Recent Publication by MorningStar Music:

Shepherds, Run Along, for SATB chorus with brass or small orchestra, part of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir series.

Visit MorningStarMusic:

New Christmas CD release:

Let Our Gladness Have No End (2016), contains some seventeen carols, performed by the Arcangeli Chamber Chorus and Orchestra.

Organ performance, recorded live:

Franck, Chorale # 3 in A minor. Performed in 2011 at Christ Church (Episcopal) Cathedral, Saint Louis.