Dr. Stephen Caracciolo

IMG_0057_000Stephen Caracciolo is a choral conductor recognized for his passionate artistry, creative teaching, and is a nationally known composer and arranger whose choral works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.  In addition to serving as the Artistic Director for Lancaster Chorale, Central Ohio’s only professional choral ensemble, Dr. Caracciolo has guest conducted at the Capital University NOW Music Festival, has accepted commissions from numerous choral organizations, including Cantus, The Maryland State Boychoir, the Lancaster Chorale, and the Columbus Chamber Singers, and was awarded the prestigious Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Composition from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. In 1994 Stephen Caracciolo founded BelCanto Singers, a professional performing arts organization dedicated to chamber choral music in Columbus. Under his direction for four years, BelCanto Singers and BelCanto Soloist performances met with public praise and critical acclaim and were frequent collaborators with Early Music In Columbus. As a choral performer, he has sung masterworks with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Julliard School Orchestra, Indiana University Orchestra, and the American Symphony under the batons of Robert Shaw, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Erich Kunzel, and James Levine. He currently performs as a professional bass at Washington National Cathedral.

A composer for MorningStar Music Publishers, Kjos Music, and Roger Dean Publishing, Dr. Caracciolo has been active as a clinician for various educational, ecclesiastical, and professional organizations. His compositions appear on professional, collegiate, and large church repertoire lists and can be heard on nationally distributed recordings. The National Lutheran Choir, University Concert Choir of Valparaiso, Iowa State Singers, Capital University Chapel Choir, Millikin Chamber Chorale, Northeastern College Choir, Bucknell Rooke Chapel Singers, Seattle Pacific University Choir, Marble Collegiate Church Sanctuary Choir of New York City, Schola Cantorum of Sacred Heart Church of Sacramento, the 18th Street Singers of Washington DC, and Cathedra of Washington National Cathedral are among the many American choral organizations that have performed and recorded his published works.

Dr. Caracciolo has served on the faculties of Denison University where he was coordinator of choral activities; Ohio University, conducting the Singing Men of Ohio in a rigorous schedule of concert tours and appearances; and Roberts Wesleyan College as Director of Choral Activities. His vocal coaches have included Marvin Keenze, Andreas Poulimenos, and Paul Elliott, and he studied choral conducting with leading national figures in the field, includingJoseph Flummerfelt, Constantina Tsolainou, James Jordan, Paul Hillier, Jan Harrington, Peter Erdei, and John Poole, former conductor of the BBC Singers.


Compositions for Mixed Voices
–Adoro te devote (Jesus, I Adore Thee). Roger Dean Publishing Company
–Christ, Victorious, Christ, Now Reigning. With organ and brass. MorningStar Music Publishers
–Come Unto Me All Ye That Labour. Roger Dean Publishing Company
-–Evening Service in A. MorningStar Music Publishers
–Hush, My Dear, Lie Still and Slumber. Roger Dean Publishing Company
–Let My Prayer Rise Before You an Incense. MorningStar Music Publishers
–People Look East. Roger Dean Publishing Company
-–Preces and Responses. MorningStar Music Publishers
–Sans Day Carol (Now the Holly Bears a Berry). MorningStar Music Publishers
-– A Song of Creation. MorningStar Music Publishers
–Songs of Innocence. Roger Dean Publishing Company
–There Is No Rose of Such Virtue. MorningStar Music Publishers
–To Everything There Is A Season. With harp (opt. piano) and flute. Roger Dean Publishing Company
–Ubi caritas, Roger Dean Publishing Company
–The Wayfaring Stranger. Roger Dean Publishing Company
–Within These Walls. With organ. Roger Dean Publishing Company

Compositions for Treble Voices
–Goodbye Old Paint. Neil Kjos Music Company
–Make We Joy Now In This Fest
. Roger Dean Publishing Company
–Swete Was The Song The Virgine Soong. Roger Dean Publishing Company

Compositions for Men’s Voices
-–How Can I Keep From Singing? ECS Publishing, Commissioned by Cantus
–Simple Gifts. Neil Kjos Music Company, Commissioned by Cantus


Associate Professor
Associate Department Chair
Office: 410-455-2922
Room: PAHB 254



Research Interests

Choral Composition
16th Century Parody Mass Technique
Vocal and Choral Pedagogy


B.M.E. Capital University Conservatory of Music (1985)
M.M. Westminster Choir College (1992)
D.M. Indiana University Jacob School of Music (2008)