Steven Kroeze

Steven Tompkins

Adjunct Lecturer of Music
Music and Art



Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00


Tenor Steven Tompkins is distinguishing himself as a versatile leading man singing roles from Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème to The Man With A Paint Box in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. Known for his clear ringing top, Opera News described his voice as possessing an “All-American sweetness… that blossomed heroically in the role’s highest phrases.” The Naples Sun Times describes his voice as “fused with power and passion.” The Ann Arbor News simply calls his voice “outstanding.”

Mr. Tompkins has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe singing the title roles in Faust, L’amico Fritz, and Albert Herring. Other lead roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Jeník in Prodana Nevesta, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Macduff in Macbeth, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Don José in Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen. Noted venues and companies include Carnegie Hall, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Fresno Grand Opera, Caramoor, Peach State Opera, Mercury Opera, Amore Opera, WQXR’s The Green Space, The Eastman Kodak Theater, The Sheen Center, Teatro Bramante, Opera in the Ozarks, The Connelly Theater, Teatro Caio Melisso, and The Garden State Opera.

Oratorio and Concert works include Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s St John’s Passion and Cantata No.4, and both Schütz and Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ with the International Symphony Orchestra, The Life Science Orchestra, and the Michigan Sinfonietta among others.




Professor Tompkins student’s have been accepted to vocal music programs at the following institutions:

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Baldwin Wallace, Berkley College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Brooklyn College Conservatory, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cincinnati College Conservatory, Emerson, Five Towns College, Hunter College, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Ithaca College, Marymount Manhattan University, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Northwestern University, Oklahoma City University, Point Park,  Rider University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music, SUNY New Paltz, Syracuse University, Temple University, The University of Michigan, and The University of Southern California.


Professor Tompkins student’s have performed roles in the following shows:

The Addams Family, Annie, Bare, Beauty and the Beast, Bring It On, Dames at Sea, Elf, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Heathers, Iolanthe, Into the Woods, Legally Blonde, Les Misérable, The Little Mermaid, The Little Prince, Mama Mia, Newsies, Peter Pan, Rent, Songs for a New World, The Sound of Music,  Shrek The Musical, Seussical, Sweet Charity,  Thoroughly Modern Millie, Young Frankenstein, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Wizard of Oz, and 13 The Musical.


Professor Tompkins student’s have performed at the following venues and the following companies:

Amore Opera, The Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Clara Rose Playhouse, Cultural Arts Playhouse, Creative House, Don’t Tell Mama, The Engeman Theater, From Stage to Screen, Rising Stars Performing Arts Center, The Riverside Theater, Roxy Regional Theater, Take One Theater, Tower Talent, White Post Players, Weil Recital Hall, West End Lounge, and 54 Below


  • 2021 American Protégé International Vocal Competition 1st place: Nicolette Bett
  • 2021 Hal Leonard Musical Theater Vocal Competition 2nd place: Sarah Juliano
  • 2019 IMTA Vocal Competition 1st place: Dougie Nielsen
  • 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition Emerging Artist: Sarah Juliano
  • 2018 IMTA Vocal Competition 1st place: Nicolette Bett
  • 2017 IMTA Vocal Competition 1st place Jaclyn Manfredi

Recording Contracts

  • Sony/ATV
  • Atlantic Records


  • Specialist Degree University of Michigan 2007-2009 Full Merit Scholarship
  • Master of Music University of Michigan 2005-2007 Full Merit Scholarship
  • Bachelor of Science Roberts Wesleyan College 2000-2004 Leadership Scholarship

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