Steven Herring, Narrator
Steven Herring is the Founder and Executive Director of Living Arts Collaborative; an arts education nonprofit that provides interactive arts programing to over 66 school districts in Upstate New York. In this role he works closely with superintendents, teachers, and school administrators to support and augment their current programs and culture. He also works with the Artistic Director to develop interactive concerts and workshops for public school students in grades K-12.
He has developed interactive programming for The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Moments, Lincoln Center Education, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and The Learning Arts.
Steven sang the role of Pluto in Anne LeBaron’s rewriting of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, The E&O Line; an electro-acoustic blues opera with a libretto by Thulani Davis. Steven was a member of the group Roberts Revival, where he was a featured soloist on the recording, God Has Done Marvelous Things, an artistic collaboration with Grammy Award Nominee David Haas. He sang baritone for the nationally syndicated radio segment, Hip Hopera, a recording of hard-core rap songs in an operatic style, creating a synthesis of diverse genres.
A frequent collaborator with Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, Steven was a featured soloist in Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration at Carnegie Hall. He was a soloist for WORK SONGS at the 56th Venice Biennale. Work Songs maps and investigates the tempos of work songs sung in prisons, fields, and houses. He was the baritone love interest in Alicia Hall Moran’s, the motown project. This work was an utterly fresh take on the layered complexity of African American music and American cultural identity. He also took part in BLEED; a limited residency that was part of the Whitney Museum’s Biennial.
Mr. Herring’s extensive concert repertoire includes symphonic performances of Beethoven Choral Fantasy at Powell Hall with The Saint Louis Symphony, Faure Requiem with The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Christ in Bach’s St. John Passion with The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Concert Royal, Peter in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion at Palacio de Bellas Artes with Musica Angelica and The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Carmina Burana at The John F. Kennedy Center with The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, Messiah at The National Shrine with The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Festival at Alice Tully Hall with The Juilliard Symphony.
On the operatic stage, he has performed the roles of Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Iago in Verdi’s Otello, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Crown and Jake in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Musical theater performances include Agwe in Once on This Island, Wandering Son in Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Obatala in God’s Trombones and Doc in West Side Story.
Steven is a graduate of The Juilliard School, Teachers College, and The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. He serves on the Boards of New Amsterdam Opera and Living Arts Collaborative.