Violinist Stephen Redfield, D.M.A., is a member of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music faculty, where he performs with the Mississippi Chamber Circle and the Baroque duo HauptMusik. Throughout the year Stephen acts as concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and each summer plays with the Victoria Bach Festival, where his performances as concertmaster and soloist have been produced on discs and broadcast nationally. He also leads the second violin section in the Sunriver Festival, and is a member of the Oregon Bach Festival orchestra, where he has participated in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning disc “Credo.”
Stephen is frequently featured as a soloist with orchestra, sometimes also acting as the ensemble’s leader. During 2009, Mendelssohn’s 200th birth-year, he will perform both Mendelssohn violin concertos (and also play and record his three sonatas). As a chamber musician, Stephen has performed throughout the United States and internationally, collaborating with artists Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Wiley and Mark Peskanov. He was a winner of the Coleman and Monterey Chamber Music Competitions.
Stephen’s dissertation is on the late 18th-century Keyboard and Violin Sonatas of Vicenzo Orgitano, and since researching in this area, he developed a specialization in period performance. He performs regularly as a Baroque violinist, including as a member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and he has led the ensembles Albuquerque Baroque Players and Belle Meade Baroque. Stephen’s Baroque chamber music credits include concerts with Marion Verbruggen, Mary Springfels, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Kenneth Slowik.
As a member of the Sebastian Ensemble, with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh, Stephen travelled to Lima, Peru, for this May’s Festival Internacional de Música Antigua. Specializing in J.S. Bach’s Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Obligato, this period performance group has toured throughout the United States as well as in Spain, Japan and Cuba.
Dr. Redfield’s many students have placed in competitions, have earned distinction as performers and educators, and have been appointed to orchestral and teaching positions throughout the country. Stephen’s major teachers were Dorothy DeLay at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Donald Weilerstein at the Eastman School, and Leonard Posner at the University of Texas. He studied Baroque violin with Lucy van Dael, at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and with Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Highlights: Featured as soloist with: -Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (Vivaldi “The Four Seasons;” Vivaldi and Bach Double Concertos) -Santa Fe Pro Musica (Vivaldi “Spring” from “The Four Seasons;” Dougherty “Ladder to the Moon;” Chen Yi “Romance and Dance;” Mendelssohn Concerto in D Minor) -Conspirare (Grantham “La Canción Desperada,” O’Regan “Threshold of Night”) -Chamber Soloists of Austin (Bach A Minor and E Major Violin Concertos; Vivaldi “The Four Seasons;” Svendsen “Romance;” Mendelssohn Concerto in D Minor) -Victoria Bach Festival (Mozart Concerto in G Major, Sinfonia Concertante and Adagio in E Major; Vivaldi “The Four Seasons;” Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor)
Chamber Music Performances with: -Newberry Consort -Smithsonian Chamber Players -Sebastian Ensemble (period) -Mississippi Chamber Circle -HauptMusik (period) -Redfield Duo (violin and viola) -Duo San Marcos (period, Baroque violin and theorbo)
Featured in Recordings with: -Conspirare (O’Regan “Threshold of Night”) Harmonia Mundi -Oregon Bach Festival (9 discs, including the Grammy Award-winning “Credo”) Hänsler -Faculty Chamber Ensemble (“Simply Gifts”) Albany -Faculty Chamber Ensemble (Samuel Adler’s “Choose Life”) Albany -with Faculty Chamber Ensemble (“Music from the Court of Versailles”)
University Activities: Mississippi Chamber Circle, University of Southern Mississippi Faculty String Ensemble Formed in 2006 by the string faculty of the School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Chamber Circle is a group devoted to the performance of string chamber music and the development of string education. Each year, the Mississippi Chamber Circle presents several concerts in Hattiesburg and throughout the Southeast. The group collaborates with artists from music schools and symphonies in the area, as well as with selected USM string students.
The King’s Violins, University of Southern Mississippi Student String Ensemble (without conductor) The King’s Violins is a string ensemble made up of the School of Music’s finest string students. The group performs standing, with Dr. Stephen Redfield as the concertmaster and leader. Featuring music from a wide range of styles - from the renaissance to contemporary - The King’s Violins concerts rank as each season’s most popular and exciting. Outstanding guest and faculty artists collaborate as soloists.
HauptMusik, University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Baroque Ensemble Featuring Dr. Stephen Redfield on Baroque violin and Dr. Dana Ragsdale on harpsichord, HauptMusik performs a variety of chamber music from the late 17th through the 18th centuries. HauptMusik tours throughout the South to perform at festivals, universities and conferences with its distinctive repertoire.
Student Accomplishments and Alumni Placements: Students of Dr. Redfield have often often been finalists in auditions of major orchestras and hold principal or section positions in several regional orchestras. Others have held teaching posts at universities and in numerous high school and junior high school string programs. His students also have participated in and won many competitions and have performed throughout the United States.
-Andrea Gonzalez, Scholarship Winner, Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra -Isabel Escalante, Maria Jose Romero, Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, U.S. tour -Scholarship Awards, various summer music festivals (including Aspen, Texas, Round Top, Brevard, Sewanee, Chautauqua, Sunflower, O’Conner Fiddle Camp, Eastern, National Orchestral Institute) -Alejandro Drago, Assistant Professor of Violin, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks -Karen Kline, Assistant Professor of Violin (interim) Teaxs A&M International University, Laredo -Bruce Williams, Principal Viola, Austin Symphony Orchestra -Jorge Gonzalez, Associate Concert Master, Gulf Coast Symphony -Jackson Guillen, Principal, Gulf Coast Symphony -Over 20 students in Public School String Programs in Mississippi, Washington D.C., Texas, and Louisiana.