MEET THE 2023 MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY
Craig Stephan is our Assistant Art Director!
Craig returns to the bench, excited to accompany MCCS in this 52nd anniversary season. Craig is the Director of Music Ministries at First Methodist Conroe. Having been back in Conroe for 17 years now, he has served at First Methodist since 2009. After returning to Texas from a number of years in New York and Kentucky, Craig spent many years as a coach/accompanist in the vocal music and music theater departments at Sam Houston State.
Time out of state was devoted to serving several churches in different leadership positions, but primarily developing a career in the Ad and PR world with a Regional Sales Director stint thrown in for good measure. Before leaving our great state for 15 years, Craig served a number of local churches, focused on performance opportunities and taught school. He has a music degree from Baylor University, but is equally grateful for terrific music teachers he had right here in Conroe. Craig has been involved with MCCS in various capacities since 2009. We are very excited for a wonderful season here at Montgomery County Choral Society this year!
Stephen Martin is our Spring Concert Director!
Dr. Stephen Martin has enjoyed operatic engagements spanning throughout Italy, China, and the United States with roles including Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme, Hoffmann in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Da Xing in Jin Xiang's The Savage Land, Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Casey in Ricki Ian Gordan's The Grapes of Wrath, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. He has performed with companies such as the Santa Fe Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera in the Rock, Chicago Summer Opera Festival, Kenosha Opera, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Motor City Brass Band, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Symphony, and others.
In 2019, Stephen took a step back from full-time performing and became an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Central Arkansas where he served for two years until he accepted a position as the Director of Worship Arts at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan. There, me conducted a 100 voice choir, orchestra, and oversaw all aspects of worship and artistic presentation. In the Summer of 2023, Stephen shared the podium with Dr. David Rayl conducting concerts in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, as well as singing as tenor soloist in Mozart's Missa Brevis in F on the same concert. In July of 2023, Stephen became the director of Music and Fine Arts as Memorial Drive United Methodist Church where he conducts the choir, orchestra, and oversees all expressions of music and arts and their various ministries.
You can learn more about Stephen by visiting StephenMartinTenor.com