Dr. John Silantien

San Antonio Mastersingers

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers conductor Dr. John Silantien has taught and conducted choirs on the secondary and collegiate levels in Texas, in the Washington, D. C. area, and on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois. His awards include a Rockefeller grant for choral conducting at Aspen, Colorado, and a Fulbright award for research in London, England. In May 2018 Dr. Silantien retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He serves as Director of Choral Music at University Presbyterian Church and is in his thirty-fifth year as Director of the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers.

Dr. Silantien’s orchestral conducting credits include performances with the San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio Pops, and New York’s West Side Chamber Orchestra, as well as CD recordings of three Mozart piano concertos with the Moscow State Radio Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 1994 conducting Mozart’s Requiem, returning in 2008 for a performance of Mozart’s Vespers. In May 2016, he conducted the Mastersingers in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories. During June 2018 he toured France with the Mastersingers. The group performed at the American Cemetery in Normandy, at the Abbey Church of Mont St. Michel, during the High Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and at the prestigious Church of La Madeleine.

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