February 13, 2017
Just a few years after graduation, Jason Steigerwalt '05 performed at Carnegie Hall to rave reviews from The New York Times, which said that he and three other soloists "sang with ear-catching beauty and power."
"Reading the review was exhilarating," says Steigerwalt, a native of Palmerton, Pa. "It was the first time my name was mentioned in a newspaper, and to have it be The New York Times!"
Steigerwalt credits much of his early success to his training at Susquehanna, where retired choral director Cyril Stretansky was "a true mentor in many ways."
He's thankful that Stretansky and vocal professors Nina Tober and Jeffrey Fahnestock helped him find his own voice.
"I came in a very novice singer, and I was able to mature on my own, and was encouraged to be open-minded and try different things, as opposed to being forced to pursue any one particular style," he says.
After attending Temple University's opera program and Yale's Institute of Sacred Music, Steigerwalt worked for several years as a singer before accepting a full-time position with the Komische Opera in Berlin in 2013. He continues to freelance as well, recently performing Oedipus Rex with Rundfunkchor Berlin and Purcell's Fairy Queen with the RIAS Kammerchor.
He and his wife, also a vocalist, live in Germany with their young daughter.