Location: California, USA
Stephen Gothold served as Director of Choral Activities at Whittier College from 1977 to 2003. A graduate of Whittier College, he received his MA from Occidental College under Howard Swan, and Doctor of Musical Arts from USC under Charles Hirt and Rodney Eichenberger. Founding conductor of Chorale Bel Canto and its Music Director since 1981, Gothold studied under Helmuth Rilling at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany, and has participated in master classes with Wilhelm Ehmann, Frank Pooler and Robert Shaw. Gothold is past president of the Southern California American Choral Directors Association, has served as an officer in the Choral Conductors Guild, has been a host, adjudicator and clinician for the Southern California Vocal Association for over thirty years, and has served as musical director/conductor for over 100 musical theatre productions in professional and university productions. He is the composer and narrator for an edition of Tajar Tales, a children’s book and CD. He also serves as Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena. Recently he has served on the music faculties of USC, the University of La Verne, and Claremont Graduate University, where he continues to supervise the masters and doctoral students in conducting.