Ernest W Sturdevant began piano study with his mother, Mary, at the age of five. In middle school he began studies on the trombone, which continued through orchestra performances at Albion College, Michigan. His study of classical/liturgical organ began during high school and he has now ecumenically served congregations from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles, California.

Ernie’s love of vocal music was rooted in his tenure as choral accompanist during high school and later led to a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas with majors in voice and minors in theatre & conducting. He continued his vocal studies in New York, New York – Los Angeles, California – Stuttgart, Germany and graduate study at Michigan State University & University of New Mexico.

Ernest’s professional music credits include concert, oratorio, music director, vocal coach, pianist, organist, arranger & composer.  His personal interest and experience in bodywork, via conservatory training for singing, led to practical training in massage therapy. He now integrates the complimentary disciplines of music & bodywork into the successful training of singers and therapeutic massage. Ernie has taught college, workshops and private classes in music and maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician-actor and sought after vocal teacher.

Since making Albuquerque his home, Ernest has worked in a variety of capacities and venues….


Jacques Brel is Alive
and Well and Living In Paris!
Music Director/Pianist/Singer
Gorilla Tango
Various On Sunday Ayres
Producer/Tenor Soloist
First Unitarian Church
Concert Series
The Odyssey
Music Director/Composer
The Filling Station
Mother Road Theatre
Bombs Away!
Producer/Music Director/Singer
Albuquerque Center
for Peace and Justice
Benefit Review
Jesus Christ Superstar
Music Director/Pianist/Conductor
Albuquerque High School
Drama Department
A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
Music Director/Rehearsal Pianist
The Last Minute Shoppers Chorale
Choral Director
  First Church of Christ Scientist
Concert Series
Requiem in D flat, Op. 148
by Robert Schumann
Tenor Soloist
 New Mexico premiere
 Symphony Orchestra
 of Albuquerque
Moby Dick  
Music Director/Composer
The Filling Station
Mother Road Theatre
Requiem by John Donald Robb
Tenor Soloist
 St. Frances Auditorium
The New Mexico
Bach Society