David Steinau

Department: Music

Associate Professor of Music

Program Director of GO Austria

Department Head of Music

  • Education
  • DMA, Univ of Illinois Urbana
  • MM, New England Conserv Music
  • BM, Northwestern University
  • Areas of Specialty
  • Music Department Chair
  • Voice

David Steinau teaches voice and currently serves as chair 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. He co-directs the annual GO Austria trip, which takes students to Salzburg and Vienna for three weeks each May.

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.

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 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, including Eisler, who settled in California during World War II.

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.

His 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.

Courses taught:

  • MUED-500 Independent Study
  • MUSC-009 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-010 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-084 Diction I
  • MUSC-085 Diction II
  • 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