Stephen Uhl, Collaborative Pianist

Chicago native Stephen Uhl completed his Artist Diploma in Piano Performance in the Spring of 2017 at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he studied with Adam Neiman. Prior to earning his Artist Diploma, he received his M.M. from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, studying under Kuang-Hao Huang. Stephen earned his undergraduate degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His playing has received critical acclaim from The Reporter as well as John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune. In the Spring of 2017, he formed the Ostrega Uhl Project with violinist Brian Ostrega. The duo performs a wide range of repertoire, provides a platform for other young musicians, and strives to both educate and entertain their listeners. This February, the duo released their first album, “50/50.”   

Stephen has appeared in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Christopher Taylor, Martin Katz, and Christopher Harding. Composers with whom Stephen has worked include the late Stephen Paulus, Jonathan Hannau, and Daniel Kallman. Stephen frequently enjoys collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, and composers as well as performing a wide variety of improvised music. As pianist, organist, and chorister, Stephen has been heard on WFMT on multiple occasions. His improvisational journeys have taken him to places as diverse as the Curitiba Opera House, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, in addition to multiple Chicago jazz venues. He has had the privilege of collaborating with improvisers including Mark Colby, Pharez Whitted, and Ben Dillinger.

In February of this year, Stephen began his work as Collaborative Artist at Elmhurst University. He enjoys working with Sarah Catt and Donna Tallman in conjunction with the many choirs at Elmhurst.

An avid scholar of liturgical music, Stephen is the Organist at The Union Church of Hinsdale. As a complement to his interest in music for the church, Stephen was selected to participate in the WFMT Bach Organ Works Project, performing at Millar Chapel. He has also been featured at ALCM conferences.

In February of 2018, Stephen joined the Music Department at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois as the Collaborative Keyboard Artist. He enjoys working with the five curricular choirs, two chamber choirs, and vocal jazz ensemble. Additionally, he coaches vocalists and instrumentalists, and is always happy to assist with any music theory homework. Stephen coordinates the instrumentalists who join the choirs for their performances. Stephen is thrilled to join the St. Charles Singers for this performance! When not practicing, rehearsing, or performing, Stephen enjoys cooking, lifting weights, strong coffee, reading, and reflecting. He strives to embody God’s redeeming purpose for this world. For more information, please visit www.stephenuhl.com

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