Dr. Stephen Barton serves as the Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Voice Department at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan and as the Choir Director at Fountain Street Church also in Grand Rapids. From 2008-2010, Dr. Barton served as the Associate Director of Pro Musica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra in Anthem, Arizona and as adjunct professor of voice at Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona.
From August 2006 through June 2008, Dr. Barton was the Director of Music at Chatham Hall, a college-preparatory boarding school for girls in Chatham, Virginia and from August 2002 through July 2006, Dr. Barton was the Director of Music at the St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland. From January 2000 until May 2006, Dr. Barton served as the Chorusmaster for the York (PA) Symphony Orchestra Chorus and also conducted the York Symphony Chamber Singers.
From 1998-2002, Dr. Barton was an Assistant Professor of Music at York College of Pennsylvania where he served as the Director of Choral Studies. He also taught conducting, music education and voice at York College.
From 1988-1998, Dr. Barton served as the Music Director of The Singers’ Guild of Scranton (PA) and the Wyoming Valley Oratorio Society, Wilkes-Barre, PA and was an Assistant Professor of Music at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre. He has also conducted many high school and church music festivals, as well as professional and community choruses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Arizona and Michigan.
A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Dr. Barton completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, his Master of Music degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Barton resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Sharon, their cats, Sweetie Dee and Miel and their dogs, Blue and Shadow.
Dr. Barton is also a proud member of the alto section in the Grand Rapid Choir of Men and Boys.