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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates


Steven M Groth

Adjunct Instructor

Bishop Hall C306
TEL: (315) 267-2538

Dr. Steven Groth, baritone, is a classical vocalist and voice professor who currently divides his time between northern New York and the Front Range in Colorado. Recent performances include the King in Montsalvage's Puss in Boots, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, with Boulder Opera and his European debut last summer as the title character in Verdi's Rigoletto with Voci di Novafeltro in the Rimini region of Italy. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling many performances throughout the country, he has continued to support and contribute to "Quarensings" with small companies across the Midwest and Eastern Colorado.

Being a versatile performer, Steven has performed operatic roles in the Midwest and the Front Range of Colorado. These include Alfio in Boulder Opera's production of Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così fan tutte with Loveland Opera Theater, Polinesso in Handel's Ariodante, Shrank in Bernstein's West Side Story with Eklund Opera, Mr. Webb in Rorem's Our Town, and Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Show-Me Opera and Baron Douphol in Verdi's Traviata with Missouri Symphony. He has participated in the University of Colorado's CU Now program as a guest artist to perform new music where he was coached by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. Steven also worked with the University of Colorado's Composer Fellows' Initiative, helping student composers learn to write operatic literature and performing these works' premieres.

As a collaborator, Steven has served as a rehearsal pianist, vocal coach, and recitalist at the piano. He has regularly accompanied students at competitions, lessons, and juries and has played a variety of vocal and instrumental recitals. He regularly directs a variety of small choral ensembles and plays organ at local Front Range churches in Longmont and Loveland Colorado.

Steven earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Steven's research and his passion revolves around the development of young university singers; using bel canto pedagogical principles to guide repertoire choice. He earned a pair of Master of Music degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Vocal Performance and Collaborative piano. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with choral and general certifications, a French major, and a European Studies minor. Steven is currently serving as a Visiting Artist at SUNY-Potsdam while maintaining an active studio on the Front Range. Previously, he served as an Adjunct Voice Faculty member at Colorado-Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.