A native of Arizona, Soprano Stella Markou is versed in the realm of oratorio, opera and recital work. She has been a featured guest artist with the Edinburgh Contemporary Musical Ensemble, Union Avenue Opera, Masterworks Chorale, Dance New Amsterdam Company, University of Nevada Las Vegas Concert Series, Ambassadors of Harmony, Arianna String Quartet, and Nashville Ballet.
Her stage performances include Off-Broadway as well as roles performed from Pique Dame, Die Zauberflöte, The Turn of the Screw, The Mikado, The Telephone, The Songstress, and L'Histoire du soldat. She has been featured on numerous masterwork chorales that include Orff's Carmina Burana, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson's Mass, Brahms’ Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart's Requiem, Rutter's Gloria, and Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen landen. Recent performances have included concerts at the Mythodia Conservatory in Paros and a special guest artist appearance at the opening of the International Maria Callas exhibit on behalf of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation and the Consulate General of Greece.
A passionate performer of contemporary music, her festival work includes the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Heidelberg New Music Festival, International Computer Music Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, and SEAMUS. Her work can be found on the SEAMUS and MSR record labels.
Dr. Markou is sought out as a master teacher, adjudicator and speaker. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of Arizona. She is an Associate Professor of Music, and since 2007 has been serving as the Director of Vocal Studies and Opera Theatre at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.