Stephen Alltop

Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. He is Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Green Lake Choral Institute, and is the Associate Conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival. From 2000-2008, Mr. Alltop was the Music Director and Conductor of the Cheyenne Symphony in Wyoming. In the past two seasons, Stephen Alltop led the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra into a new permanent concert venue and also in the orchestra’s first- ever appearances at Chicago’s Harris Theater and Rockefeller Chapel. The ESO won the Illinois Council of Orchestra’s Programming of the Year Award for the 2009-2010 season. In recent seasons, the Apollo Chorus has established itself as one of Chicago’s most in- demand choral ensembles. In the 2010-11 season, the Chorus appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and performed Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem on the Wheaton College Artist Series, Puccini’s Tosca at the Ravinia Festival with Bryn Terfel and the Chicago Symphony, and Verdi’s Requiem at the Peninsula Music Festival. Apollo and the ESO have collaborated in works such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem. Mr. Alltop has served as a member of Northwestern University’s conducting and keyboard faculties since 1994 where he conducts the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Baroque Music Ensemble.

Mr. Alltop has guest conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the United States. He has led opera and orchestral concerts with a number of Italian orchestras, including I Soloisti di Perugia, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Bologna), Teatro Reggio Orchestra (Parma), Festival Mozart (Roverto), Orchestra Sinfonica (Bari), Teatro Piccinni (Bari), and the Festival Duni (Matera). He has worked closely with leading composers of the day, including residency projects with John Corigliano, Eleanor Daley and Eric Whitacre, and has conducted world premieres of works by Jan Bach, Miguel del Agila, Françoise Choveaux, Frank Ferko, Fabrizio Festa, Ricardo Iznaola, Stephen Paulus, Maxwell Raimi, Giancarlo Scarvaglieri, Alan Terricciano, Hiroaki Tokunaga and many others. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting music of Eric Whitacre.

Stephen Alltop made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscription concert debut as a harpsichord soloist in 2009 playing Bach with conductor Pinchas Zukerman. He appeared as an organ soloist with the CSO at the Ravinia Festival of 2008. In 2011, Mr. Alltop served as principal organist for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for Soli Deo Gloria’s Chicago Bach Project, and with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and conductor John Nelson at the Basilique St. Denis. As a harpsichordist and organist, he has performed with the Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and the Peninsula Music Festival. Mr. Alltop has recorded Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 on the American Gramaphone label and a disc of baroque arias with soprano Julianne Baird and trumpeter Darin Kelly on the Albany label. As a conductor, his CD’s include The Divas of Mozart’s Day with soprano Patrice Michaels on the Cedille label, operatic and chamber works of Antonio Caldara with soprano Julianne Baird on the Albany label, and Handel’s complete Messiah with the Apollo Chorus and Orchestra of Chicago on the Clarion label. Stephen Alltop is represented by Joanne Rile Artist Management.


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