Chicago native Stephen Uhl completed his Artist Diploma in Piano Performance in the Spring of 2017 at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he studied with Adam Neiman. Prior to earning his Artist Diploma, he received his M.M. from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, studying under Kuang-Hao Huang. Musicians with whom Stephen has worked include David Schrader, Andrew Lewis, and Michael Costello. This spring, he joined the staff at Glenbard East High School, where he is the Collaborative Artist for the Music Department.
Before moving back to Chicago, Stephen earned his undergraduate degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he studied piano with Du Huang and collaborative piano with Jessica Paul. Past honors include the Lucille Stansberry-Rosholt Award for Distinction in Collaborative Piano, as well as the Collaborative Arts Assistantship at Roosevelt University. Stephen has appeared in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Christopher Taylor, Martin Katz, Ian Jones, Christina Dahl, James Giles, Craig Terry, Gabriel Dobner, and Christopher Harding. Composers with whom Stephen has worked include the late Stephen Paulus, Daniel Kallman, and Kurt Heinecke. Stephen premiered Jonathan Hannau’s Piano Concerto, “Disentegration in Five Parts” with the URSA Ensemble. Stephen frequently enjoys collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, and composers as well as performing a wide variety of improvised music.
An avid scholar of liturgical music, Stephen is excited to serve as Organist at The Union Church of Hinsdale, IL. As a complement to his interest in music for the church, Stephen was selected to participate in the WFMT Bach Organ Works Project, where he performed several of the composer’s works at Alice Millar Chapel. As pianist, organist, and chorister, Stephen has been heard on WFMT on multiple occasions. His improvisational journeys have taken him to places as diverse as the Curitiba Opera House, Copacabana Beach in Rio di Janiero, and the Civic Center in Des Moines. He has had the privilege of collaborating with improvisers including Mark Colby and Pharez Whitted. Stephen enjoys the dance of balancing his many musical activities, as well as cooking, reading, walking, yoga, and, most importantly, bearing God’s creative and redeeming light to all the world.