sTem champions the aural and theatrical possibilities of vocal chamber music through dramatic performances, innovative commissions, and community outreach.


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Hailed as interpreting with "profundity and power" (RuideroXXI, Mexico City), sTem features clarinetist Eric Christian Umble, soprano Meagan Amelia Brus, and pianist Silvie Cheng. Formed in 2013 at Manhattan School of Music, sTem has performed numerous concerts throughout the United States and abroad, including in their native New York City at Spectrum, the Actor’s Temple, the Firehouse Space, the DiMenna Center, and the LGBT Center. Their programs connect with audiences through dramatic and riveting performances.

sTem is dedicated to sharing its passion for music and facilitating cultural dialogue through education. sTem was presented in November 2014 by the National Clarinet Conference in Mexico City, Mexico where they performed a recital in Xochipilli Hall and conducted masterclasses at Escuela Nacional de Música and Escuela Superior de Música. sTem has also presented masterclasses and workshops at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.

sTem focuses on expanding the repertoire by re-imagining existing works and commissioning new ones through collaborations.  These include an arrangement and english translation of Arnold Schoenberg’s monodrama Erwartung.  Reduced and translated for the ensemble by composer and theorist Dr. Peter Andreacchi, it was presented in a spring 2015 tour around the northeast.  sTem also commissioned an original work by Giovanni Piacentini that sets contemporary Mexican poetry by Fausto Alzati, which sTem premiered in Mexico City in 2014.  sTem has commissioned settings of Rainer Maria Rilke by American composer Rex Isenberg which have been performed in Prague, Mexico City, and across North America. Highlights of the 2016 - 2017 season include residencies at Cornell University and the Avaloch Farm Institute, as well as performances in New York City, Princeton NJ, and Pennsylvania.

sTem is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the charitable purposes of sTem, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of sTem must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.