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Page Stephens is a mezzo soprano, voice teacher and arts administrator based in Austin, TX with a soft spot for new music.
Stephens has performed operas, chamber music, and art song written for her by composers like Thomas B. Yee, Dana Lyn, Adrienne Inglis, Russell Podgorsek, Alex Heppelmann, Keenan Boswell, Steven Serpa, Franklin Piland, Akshaya Avril Tucker, Robbie LaBanca and Adeliia Faizullina.
She recently recorded Mark Kilstofte's The White Album with pianist Chuck Dillard, after giving the New York premiere of the song cycle with Copland House, the Austin premiere with the UT New Music Ensemble, and the Pacific Northwest premiere with Dillard.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when live performances were still few and far between, Stephens became a founding member of the new music collective Less Than <10. This collective puts on streamed performances of new and reimagined canonical works, inviting composers and artists to talk about their work. Most recently, Less Than <10 took on George Lewis' Anthem, recorded independently from home. Additionally, she helped found a new all-female vocal quintet called VAMP; the quintet gave its premiere performance in Fast Forward Austin's streamed performance in December, 2020.
Recital and ensemble highlights from the last few years include Harold Meltzer's Variations on a Summer Day and Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs with the UT Austin New Music Ensemble, Reich's Music for 18 Musicians for the Fast Forward Austin Festival, Drumming with both Sō Percussion and line upon line percussion, and a myriad of art song with pianists Chuck Dillard, Chien-Lin Lu, Robert McDonald, Kate Stubbs, and Charlie Magnone. She has performed roles with Austin Shakespeare, the Butler Opera Center and the Alamo City Opera.
Page appears regularly with several Austin-based ensembles such as Ars Longa Ensemble, Austin Cantorum, Inversion Ensemble and the Tinsel Singers as both an ensemble member and a soloist. She was recently added to the artist roster for Conspirare.
In addition to performing, she maintains a busy private studio of voice students. Her students have gone on to study voice or musical theater at Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern, Trinity, Ouachita Baptist and Florida State Universities.
Page is the Assistant Director of Operations at the Sarah & Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, where she has been on staff since 2013. She is also working towards her D.M.A. in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy in Prof. Darlene Wiley's studio.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University where she studied with Verdi soprano Susan Dunn and her Master of Music from UT Austin. Prior to singing, Page studied dance for 15 years – she owes a great deal to those instructors for teaching her how to listen and exposing her to a wealth of music.