Steven Hirner, Associate Conductor
Primarily a choral conductor, Steven Hirner is also an active vocalist, composer, and arranger of choral music. He is now going into his third season as the Associate Conductor with the Master Chorale of South Florida and was recognized by the South Florida Classical Review for "[maintaining] a flowing line and [bringing] clarity to the contrapuntal writing" while directing the ensemble in performance during the 2017-2018 season. Mr. Hirner is also entering his second year as the Associate Choral Director at the Wynwood Campus of Miami Arts Charter School where he teaches three middle school ensembles, two high school ensembles, and assists with the school's vocal jazz program.
As an undergraduate student in vocal music education, Mr. Hirner founded and directed his own a cappella group, the first of its kind at Auburn University, and also served as a student conductor for the university’s Men’s Chorus. While studying for his master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Missouri, Mr. Hirner directed the School of Music’s jazz choir, Hitt Street Harmony, which premiered many of his arrangements. He also conducted the University Singers in a premiere of one of his original compositions entitled "Resurget," served as the chorus master for a production of Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte, worked as the music director for the First Christian Church in Centralia, Missouri, and directed Ars Nova—a select mixed-voice ensemble at the University of Missouri—in the annual Art and Music Performance that consisted of pieces selected to correspond with works of art in the university’s art museum.
From 2014-2016, Mr. Hirner was the high school choir director at Collins Academy High School in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. There, he built a choir program that included an 80-member beginning choir, 30-member honor choir, and a general music class. After moving to South Florida in 2016 with his wife, Dr. Brittney Mason-Hirner, he was the Artistic Administrator for the Florida Singing Sons Boychoir and the choir director at Santaluces Community High School in Palm Beach County where he directed a beginning choir, an advanced women’s ensemble, and an advanced mixed-ensemble while also teaching AP Music Theory.
Mr. Hirner believes in a balanced approach to vocal technique for his singers through the study and performance of a variety of repertoire that includes traditional folk music, gospel, Spirituals, jazz, and contemporary a cappella, as well as classical choral music.