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David S. Steinau, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Department Chair, Music
Go Program: Austria

Phone: 570-372-4285
Email: steinau@susqu.edu
Office Location: Cunningham Cma - Rm 145

Academic Credentials:
DMA, Univ of Illinois Urbana
MM, New England Conserv Music
BM, Northwestern University

David Steinau teaches voice and currently serves as head of the department of music. He also directs the Opera Studio and has staged the department’s productions of Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, The Mikado, Street Scene, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Krása’s Brundibár and Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis. He also has conducted Susquehanna’s productions of Sondheim’s Passion and Into the Woods.

His graduating seniors at Susquehanna have been admitted to master’s degree programs in vocal performance at Eastman, Peabody, the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, Florida State University, the University of Colorado and the University of Illinois, among others.

With pianist and department colleague Naomi Niskala, he is leading Susquehanna’s series of performances of Franz Schubert’s complete works for voice and piano, which total more than 600 songs. Students and faculty members are performing 40 Schubert songs each year for 15 years.

He spent the summer of 2007 as a visiting scholar at Stanford University participating in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar, which examined the German-speaking artists who settled in California during World War II. His research interests include the music of the composer Hanns Eisler, who was a frequent collaborator of the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht. He has delivered papers on Eisler and Brecht at numerous conferences in Europe and the United States. He performed Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook at the October 2008 meeting of the North American Society for Exile Studies at St. Louis University. His article about Eisler and Brecht’s “Hollywood Elegies” appears in the 2007 Brecht Yearbook, published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

A performer in opera and concert, he has sung the leading tenor roles in The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte, La Boheme, Manon, Die Fledermaus and Albert Herring, among others. He appeared as a soloist with the Susquehanna University Festival Choir and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in March 2008 as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Steinau’s teachers and coaches have included Edward Zambara, Richard Hughes, Jerold Siena, John Moriarty and John Wustman. He also has studied at the Goethe Institutes in Göttingen and Bonn, Germany.

He currently serves as one of two faculty members on Susquehanna University’s Board of Trustees.


  • MUED-500 ELL Level 1
  • MUED-500 ELL Level 2
  • MUED-500 ELL Level 3
  • MUED-500 Independent Study
  • MUSC-009 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-010 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-075 Fall Musical Orchestra
  • MUSC-089 Opera Studio
  • MUSC-363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory
  • MUSC-500 Full Recital
  • MUSC-501 Independent Study
  • MUSC-503 Half Recital
  • MUSC-504 Internship
  • MUSC-506 Independent Study in Music-Capstone
  • OFFP-AUSTRIA GO Austria: Natnl Hist, Glbl Rspnsblt
  • OFFR-AUSTRIA GO Austria: Natnl Hist, Glbl Rspnsblt
  • OFFS-AUSTRIA GO Austria: Natnl Hist, Glbl Rspnsblt
  • THEA-101 The Musical


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