Steven Hirner, Associate Director
Steven Hirner was appointed associate conductor of the Master Chorale of South Florida at the start of the 2016-2017 season. Primarily a choral conductor, Steven Hirner is also an active vocalist, composer and arranger of choral music. While 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, 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.
More recently, Mr. Hirner served as 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. Now living in South Florida with his wife, Dr. Brittney Mason-Hirner, he is the artistic administrator for the Florida Singing Sons Boychoir and the choir director at Santaluces Community High School, where he directs a beginning choir, an advanced women’s ensemble, and an advanced mixed-ensemble. Mr. Hirner believes in a balanced approach to vocal technique for his singers that includes the study and performance of a variety of repertoire in addition to classical choral music.