Scott S. Stewart
Scott S. Stewart has served as Chorus Master and Associate Conductor for the Florentine Opera Company for over 30 years, participating in over 120 productions, for a personal catalogue of over 60 different operas. His repertoire includes a considerable number of contemporary operas, most recently Aldridge and Garfein's Elmer Gantry and Davis's Rio de Sangre with the Florentine Opera and Carlson's Midnight Angel with the Skylight Opera. A product of the Milwaukee musical community, Mr. Stewart studied choral conducting with Margaret Hawkins and orchestral conducting with Kenneth Schermerhorn at the Wisconsin College Conservatory of Music. He later went on to study with Roberto Benaglio, former Chorus Master of La Scala, at the Dallas Opera. Mr. Stewart has conducted many Florentine educational performances (L'italiana in Algeri, Hänsel und Gretel, etc), and has composed many education in-school programs about opera, including Everything You Always Knew About The Opera, A Tragedy of Youthful Love, and My First Trip To The Opera. Mr. Stewart has also adapted and re-orchestrated many one-act operas for young upcoming performers that are enjoyed by audiences young and old, including The Barber of Seville, Dr. Miracle, and The Impresario. He has conducted several area choral ensembles and opera companies. He serves as vocal coach for the Florentine Opera's Studio Artists and heads the High School Masterclass for gifted area high school singers.