Steven Sametz

Host, Sounds Choral

Composer and conductor Steven Sametz serves as the Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir The Princeton Singers and is Director of Choral Activities at Lehigh University.  He has appeared as guest conductor with the New York Chamber Symphony, the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Berkshire Music Festival and the Netherlands Radio Choir appearing in such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, the Schubertsaal at the Vienna State Opera House, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russia), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Taipei) and Berlin Philharmonic Hall. 

Dr. Sametz chairs the American Choral Directors Composition Advisory Committee, heading panels to adjudicate choral competitions throughout the US.  Dr. Sametz has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, the American Guild of Organists, the American Composers Consortium and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

Though best known for his work in choral and choral-orchestral repertoire, Sametz oeuvre includes solo songs, opera, ballets and works for orchestra and chamber ensembles.

Sametz has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts, and the Santa Fe music festival, creating new works for Chanticleer, The Princeton Singers, the Dale Warland Singers, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Cantus, Philadelphia Singers, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, Connecticut Choral Artists, Joyful Noise and the King of Thailand.  In 2011, Sametz received one of the country’s most prestigious choral commissions, the American Choral Director Association’s Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission, writing Three Mystical Choruses for premiere by Chanticleer at the 2011 ACDA National Convention in Symphony Hall, Chicago.   Sametz’s ballet, Small Steps/Tiny Revolutions has been performed world-wide by the Rioult Dance Company.  His Music’s Music, commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, was premiered at Disney Hall in Los Angeles.  Dr. Sametz’s compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. His in time of, a setting of e.e. Cummings poetry, appears on Chanticleer’s Grammy Award-winning CD, The Colors of Love. 


Sounds Choral presents a special three-week series focusing on the way the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the choral world. Our regular roster of Sounds Choral hosts joins David Osenberg for a Zoom roundtable discussion about the way the pandemic has shut down choral performances and how their ensembles have reacted.

Host Steven Sametz, artistic director of The Princeton Singers, shares selections from more than three decades of recordings by the ensemble, featuring music ranging from the Renaissance to 20th-century works. Tune in to Sounds Choral Sunday (9/27) at 2 pm.

Host Steven Sametz brings you "Heaven and Earth," featuring Durufle's Requiem, along with some of his own works and music by Frank Ticheli. That's Sunday (7/26) at 2 pm.

Host Steven Sametz explores the intersection of choral music and social justice theme, including Joel Thompson's "Seven Last Words of the unarmed" this Sunday (6/21) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

Host Steven Sametz presents choral settings of the words of Walt Whitman, including works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jeffrey Van, Howard Hanson and himself this Sunday (4/26) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

Host Steven Sametz celebrates the birthdays of Bach and Mussorgsky, as well as Sir William Walton, with a selection of their choral works. Listen Sunday (3/29) at 2 pm.