Faculty & Staff
David S. Steinau, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Go Program: Austria
Office Location: Cunningham Cma - Rm 145
DMA, Univ of Illinois Urbana
MM, New England Conserv Music
BM, Northwestern University
Steinau teaches voice, vocal literature and 20th-century theory. He also directs the Opera Studio and has staged the department’s productions of The Mikado, Street Scene, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Krása’s Brundibár and Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis.
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, the University of Illinois and the University of Miami.
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, most recently at the University of Helsinki in July 2008 and at the 2010 meeting of the German Studies Association. 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. He also serves on the board of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.
- 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-501 Independent Study
- 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