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Stephen Makoto Sano (Professor)

Stephen Makoto Sano (650) 723-1570
Personal bio
Stephen M. Sano is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, and the inaugural chair holder of the Professor Harold C. Schmidt Directorship of Choral Studies at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford Chamber Chorale and Symphonic Chorus. Dr. Sano has appeared as guest conductor with many of the worldâ??s leading choral organizations including the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Joyful Company of Singers (London), the Kammerchor der Universität der Künste Berlin, and the Kammerchor der Universität Wien (Vienna). A dedicated teacher at Stanford, Professor Sano was recipient of the 2005 Deanâ??s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and is in frequent demand as a master class teacher, conductor, and adjudicator in choral music. To date, he has taught master classes and conducted festival, honor, and collegiate choirs from over 20 states, as well as from England, Austria, Germany, Canada, Australia, and Japan. An accomplished pianist, Dr. Sano has won numerous piano competitions, and has served as accompanist to many leading artists visiting the Bay Area and as harpsichordist with the International Chamber Orchestra of Rome. He is also active in his ancillary fields of interest, Hawaiian choral music, the music of Queen Liliâ??uokalani, kÄ« hÅ?â??alu (Hawaiian slack key guitar), and North American Taiko (Japanese American drumming). As a slack key artist, his recordings have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious NÄ? HÅ?kÅ« Hanohano Award and the Hawaiian Music Award. His most recent release, Songs from the Taro Patch, was on the preliminary ballot for the 2008 Grammy Award. Dr. Sanoâ??s recordings can be heard on the ArsisAudio, Pictoria, and Stanford labels (choral); and the Daniel Ho Creations and Ward Records labels (slack key guitar).

Currently teaching
ASNAMST 31N: Behind the Big Drums: Exploring Taiko (Spring)
MUSIC 1: Musical Genius: Exemplars in the History of Organized Sound (Autumn)
MUSIC 162: Symphonic Chorus (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 162Z: Symphonic Chorus (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 165: Chamber Chorale (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 165Z: Chamber Chorale (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 169: Stanford Taiko (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 169Z: Stanford Taiko (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 231: Advanced Choral Conducting (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 31N: Behind the Big Drums: Exploring Taiko (Spring)
MUSIC 4SI: Interactive Introduction to North American Taiko (Winter)
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