Voice Methods + Choral Methods Lab
Stevie J. Hirner (she/her) is a choral conductor, composer, singer, and educator who specializes in cultivating transgender and gender expansive inclusivity in singing through empathetic practices and science-informed vocal pedagogy. As a transgender musician and one of the leading researchers in her field, Hirner is a sought-after lecturer and clinician. Her recent credits include a featured article discussing her methodology, "Line Recombination," in the November/December 2022 issue of The Choral Journal as well as frequent lectures at professional conferences—the 2023 ACDA National Conference and the 2023 World Symposium on Choral Music being the most recent, and she is scheduled to present her new gender-affirming singing protocol, "Flexible Fach," at several ACDA conferences in 2024.
Hirner comes to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music as a Lecturer in Choral and Voice Methods and is nearing the completion of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Southern California while also entering her fourth season as the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Youth Chorus. During her time at USC, she served as the lead conductor for the USC Thornton Apollo Chorus and the University Chorus in addition to teaching Choral Conducting I/II to undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to her studies, Hirner taught high school choir for six years in Chicago and Miami after completing her Bachelor of Music Education at Auburn University (2012) and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri (2014).