Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines. He is one of the most versatile conductors and keyboard artists of his generation. His experience ranges from conducting stylish Baroque performances with leading period instrument musicians to conducting world premieres by prominent American composers and programming a highly successful series of educational concerts. Mr. Alltop has performed as an organist and harpsichordist with such distinguished organizations as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra.
At home with choral works from Monteverdi to Orff and orchestral repertoire from Bach to Mahler, Mr. Alltop became Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in 1997. He has led the chorus in masterworks such as Bach's Mass in b minor and Haydn's The Creation and has guided Apollo's activities to include appearances at the Ravinia Festival and Peninsula Music Festival. Mr. Alltop has expanded Apollo's repertoire in both early and contemporary music, from works of the Mexican Baroque period to compositions of Eric Whitacre.
Mr. Alltop has served as Music Director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. Under Mr. Alltop's direction, the Elmhurst Symphony completed a performance cycle of Beethoven's Symphonies, presented Mahler's Symphonies 1, 2 and 3, and has given world premieres of works by Alan Terricciano, Jan Bach, James Clemens, Miguel del Aguila, Frank Ferko, and Maxwell Raimi.
Mr. Alltop has been a member of the conducting faculty of Northwestern University since 1992.
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