Lee Steward's background includes over 25 years of experience in the arts as a professional singer, teacher, coach, and conductor. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, he has performed on the greatest stages of the world, with companies such as San Francisco Opera, Opera San José, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis as well as on television with Stephen Sondheim and Bernadette Peters. Having a deep passion for choral music education, he is the only person to have conducted the renowned Boys Choir of Harlem and San Francisco Girls Chorus. Prior to AVS Lee held the Chair of the Performing Arts role at Bentley School, Recently, he completed an Executive MBA at Pepperdine University, with a focus on organizational leadership, finance and strategy in non-profits. Lee has lived in Oakland for the past 11 years with his wife and two daughters.
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
M.B.A. Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
M.A. Music, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
B.A. Music Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC