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Tom FitzStephens

Tom FitzStephens joined Capitol City Opera as the Madrigal Singers Director in 2015.  He holds a Bachelor of Choral Music Education from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and a Master of Music in Conducting from Michigan State University’s College of Music.  He studied conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Dr. Sandra Snow, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. David Rayl, and voice with George Irving Shirley and Molly Fillmore.  

Tom has five years of full-time public high school music teaching experience and 4 years of private high school and middle school music teaching experience.  For four summers he served as a vocal technique and choir instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.  He currently spends his summers as Vocal Music Director at the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University, working with Georgia’s most gifted high school students.

Tom maintains an active solo and choral singing schedule, which has included performances with choirs at regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and four years with the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Eric Nelson.  Throughout his five years in Ann Arbor he performed principal roles and conducted productions with The University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society.  He has performed twice with Capitol City Opera, in On the Light Side (2013), and The Abduction from the Seraglio (2015).