Dr. Steven Sametz

Dr. Steven Sametz

Artistic Director

Composer-conductor Steven Sametz is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music at Lehigh University and serves as the Artistic Director of the professional a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers.

Dr. Sametz is the Founding Director of the Lehigh University Choral Union and the Lehigh University-American Choral Directors Association Summer Choral Composers’ Forum. He is active as a clinician, adjudicating national composition competitions and conducting all-state choirs and is currently the Chair of the ACDA Composition Advisory Committee. His works are published through this website, E.C. Schirmer, Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and GIA. Dr. Sametz holds degrees from Yale University, the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Dr. Hana J. Cai

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Associate Director

Known for her elegant conducting style and efficient and engaging approach to rehearsals, Hana J. Cai is a conductor and music director based in Bethlehem, PA. She is currently on faculty at Lehigh University and serves as the Associate Director for Lehigh Choral Arts. She previously served as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Ithaca College.  During her time in Rochester, Cai made her Canadian debut in January 2017 with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Singers as one of the five conductors selected to participate in the Choral Conductors' Symposium. At Indiana University, she was one of three conductors selected to assist with preparing the chorus for a performance of the Penderecki St. Luke Passion where the composer was in attendance. She also served as the associate chorus master for the university premiere of Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and Wagner's Parsifal for the Indiana University Bicentennial. In March 2019, Hana was the winner of the ACDA Graduate Student Conducting Competition in Kansas City, MO. She has presented her research on tokenism at the Indiana Choral Director's Association and the ACDA Central and North Central Division Conference in Milwaukee, WI. This fall, she is one of the invited presenters for the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference at Morehouse College and is a finalist for the 2023 American Prize Dale Warland Award in Choral Conducting. Hana holds a BM in piano performance and a BA in Chinese from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MM in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a DM in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her diction guide for Mandarin Chinese for singers and conductors is published in The Choral Scholar and American Choral Review.