Biography

DAR Constitution Hall, with James G. Roche, Secretary of the Air Force

Backstage at DAR Constitution Hall with James G. Roche, former Secretary of the Air Force

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Tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in December 2010 in Handel’s Messiah with Andrew Megill and The Masterwork Chorus. In March 2011, he sang the arias and ensemble parts in Bach’s B Minor Mass at St. Thomas Church NYC; he also sang arias and ensemble parts in an 8-singer performance of Bach’s Saint John Passion of 1725 with Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh. In May 2011, he sang the title role in Judas Maccabaeus with the Clarion Music Society in NYC under the baton of Steven Fox. In April 2011, he was praised by the New York Times as “a powerful, polished and moving Evangelist” for his performance in the Matthew Passion of C.P.E. Bach at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields NYC. Also in April 2011, he performed the aria Geduld in the Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach with the American Classical Orchestra at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (for which he received a mention in the New York Times along with the Evangelist Rufus Müller and Charles Robert Stephens as Jesus).

An avid supporter of new music, Mr. Wilson premiered the solos in James Blachly’s Nunc Per Speculum in Aenigmate at Trinity Church Wall Street, and has performed the work of Petr Kotík in Prague, Berlin, and Manhattan. He sang in the solo vocal quartet for the NY premiere of Alice Parker’s Songs for Eve, also at Trinity Wall Street.

Steven is an engaging and versatile musician, combining sensitive expression with a disciplined attention to detail. His career, which includes professional solo and ensemble performances in many European countries and an enlistment in the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants, has focused not only on historical performance practice but also the performance of new music. Additionally, Steven is a skilled pianist, teacher, and coach, and has been featured as a cabaret-style entertainer.  A native of the Washington DC area, he has been based in New York City since  September 2007. He travels frequently, domestically and abroad, and eagerly pursues opportunities to prepare new works and to interpret historical music.

In the 2009-2010 season, he performed Bach’s Cantata 78 and Cantata 102 in recital with the Louisville Bach Society—where he returned in October 2010 to sing the title role in Handel’s Joshua. He was a soloist and ensemble member in 2010’s first performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers as part of the Green Mountain Project in New York City. Additionally that season, Mr. Wilson performed Britten’s Abraham and Isaac and solos in Monteverdi’s Vespers at St. Thomas Church in New York City; he was also seen in Portland, Maine, singing Mozart’s Requiem in collaboration with the Portland Choral Art Society and Portland Ballet.  He returned to the Carmel Bach Festival in July 2010, where in 2009 he sang in the solo quartet in Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42; in 2010, he was a soloist in their performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers.

Steven singing with and accompanying his late grandfather, Edward Caldicott

Steven and his late grandfather, Edward Caldicott

In April 2009, Steven sang the arias in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with John Scott at Saint Thomas Church, and in February 2009, he sang the opening solo in Lars Edlund’s Gloria under the direction of Stefan Parkman at Trinity Church in New York City. October 2008 saw Mr. Wilson performing with Petr Kotík in Prague, Berlin, and Manhattan.

Steven completed his undergraduate degree in voice performance at Ithaca College. In September 2005, Steven began as a member of the second quartet of students in the new two-year masters degree program at Yale University in Vocal Performance, with a concentration in Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble; the students in this degree program comprise the Yale Voxtet. While at Yale, Steven gave a recital devoted to the music of Benjamin Britten and was a soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, Monteverdi’s Vespers, and Beethoven’s Mass in C.

In the summer of 2001, Steven performed the role of Frederic in 52 performances of Pirates of Penzance at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. He was recruited for the US Air Force Band Singing Sergeants as a civilian in the spring of 2001, and completed his enlistment in 2005. During his enlistment, Steven gave many performances at the White House and was a featured vocal soloist on many concerts, recordings, and tours. He was the male lead in Born of a Dream, a Broadway-style musical produced by the USAF Band, performed at the National Theater in Washington, DC and the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Please see the video page on this site for clips from Steven’s performance in Born of a Dream.

A skilled pianist and cabaret performer, Steven has performed at the Duplex in New York City and frequently entertains for private parties and events.

Mr. Wilson is a member of the classical male vocal quartet New York Polyphony and the renowned Trinity Choir in Manhattan. From the fall of 2007 until the spring of 2012, he was a member of the choir of Men and Boys at Saint Thomas Churchin midtown Manhattan. From the fall of 2008 until December 2011, he was on the voice faculty of the Turtle Bay Music School.