Artistic Director | American Chamber Chorale

Stephen Morton, Artistic Director

Stephen Morton

Artistic Director & Conductor

Stephen Morton brings a rich and diverse background to leadership roles with the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra and the American Chamber Chorale with extensive experience as a conductor, teacher, and singer.  Mr. Morton’s education includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from Milligan College and the University of Tennessee (respectively), and postgraduate work at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. As a singer, Mr. Morton has sung leading bass-baritone roles in opera and oratorio in Europe and the United States, and studied voice with the renowned Edward Zambara.

Mr. Morton began engaging the area’s finest orchestra players in January of 2016 to form the Salem Chamber Orchestra. With the exception of the first Sunday each month, the Chamber Orchestra plays for the 10:45 am Traditional worship service at Salem Methodist Church each Sunday as part of a truly unique worship experience.  Worship at Salem is further enhanced by frequent collaborations between the Chamber Orchestra and guest artists from Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Symphony, the MUNY, and Jazz at the Bistro.

Mr. Morton also serves as a Worship Associate and Director of Choral Music at Salem Methodist Church and is on the voice faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Previous conducting positions include the Bel Canto Chorus and the St. Louis Metro Singers.  As a guest conductor, Mr. Morton has appeared locally with choruses of St. Louis University, Washington University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, numerous community choruses, and All-District Choirs.  Mr. Morton previously wrote and hosted the inspirational program, Behind The Music, which originally aired on Classic 99 and was later broadcast on radio stations around the U.S. Under Mr. Morton’s leadership, the American Chamber Chorale is known for creative programming and outstanding performances of both classical and modern choral art music.   ACC concerts frequently incorporate many other artistic disciplines into concerts.  Past concerts have featured players of native instruments of China, Africa, and Japan, and ethnic dance, ballet, story-telling, multi-media, and marionettes.

Since 2004, the American Chamber Chorale has included benefit concerts in each season, including Feed My People for several seasons.  Other charities to receive proceeds from ACC concerts include Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, Lydia’s House, Youth In Need, Emmaus Homes, Shalom House, Let’s Start, Kingdom House, Habitat For Humanity, and Isaiah 58.

The American Chamber Chorale and the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra will share concerts for this concert season, presenting a total of six free concerts.  Believing that great music should be accessible to all people, special efforts are made to share these concerts with the under-served. 

With regard to choral music, Mr. Morton is quoted as saying:

In a world teeming with forces that divide, choral singing expresses, encourages, and exemplifies a true sense of community.”