Dr. Gus Sterneman of Austin, Texas is the new Heart Of Texas Chorus Music Director.
Gus is thrilled to be joining the Heart of Texas Chorus as their new director. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theory from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas; a Master's degree from Butler University in Indianapolis with a double major in Conducting and Music History and a Doctorate in Opera and Musical Theatre Conducting at Arizona State University where his dissertation focused on Benjamin Britten as a conductor and musical interpretation.
In addition to his work with the Heart Of Texas Chorus, Gus serves as Assistant Conductor with the Austin Civic Orchestra and as Associate Music Director at Westlake UMC. He has also worked extensively in theatrical sound design, including productions with ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, and locally with One Ounce Opera.
A strong advocate for technology in the classroom, Gus has taught music technology courses at multiple Universities, and has been actively involved with the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), where he presented a paper on Open Source music notation software in 2010. He has extensive classroom teaching experience in music theory, aural skills, music history, and music technology, and has conducted orchestras, opera and musical theatre productions, ballets, wind ensembles, and choral organizations from middle school to collegiate and professional levels. In 2013, Gus received an AriZoni Award nomination for Best Music Direction in a Non-Contract Theatre for Little Women: The Broadway Musical at Arizona State University.
In his free time, Gus enjoys playing table-top games with his wife and teaching his two children the finer points of musical theatre.