Steve is the director of the Grace Choir and Bells of Grace. A music teacher for 35 years, Steve now teaches choral music education courses and works with student teachers from Winona State University. He also serves as artistic director of the Minnesota Valley Men’s Chorale.
Steve retired from Rosemount High School, ISD 196, in 2000. During his tenure at Rosemount, Steve conducted the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Irish Bards, Freshman Treble Choir and taught voice. He also directed a Madrigal Dinner Celebration every other year in December. In addition to his choral work at Rosemount, he has worked in church music for over 35 years.
Following his retirement from Rosemount, Steve taught choral music education and worked with student teachers at the University of Minnesota. He served as interim choral director at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he conducted the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and taught Choral Conducting. During the fall of 2007, Steve served as guest conductor at Gustavus Adolphus College where he directed the Gustavus Choir for “Christmas in Christ Chapel.”
Steve served the American Choral Directors Association in many leadership positions including state president from 1991-1993, and North Central ACCDA president, 1998-2000. He served on the Organizing and Executive committee for the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music, presented in Minneapolis/St. Paul in August 3-10, 2002.
In 1990, Steve was named the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association “Choral Director of the Year.” In the fall of 2000, ACDA of Minnesota named him Choral Director of the Year. In the fall of 2005, he received the F. Melius Christiansen Award, presented for lifetime conducting experience, outstanding contributions and distinguished service to choral music in Minnesota. In February of 2008, Steve was inducted into the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
Steve and his wife Margaret have two daughters. Mary, a professional singer, lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband Todd Wilson and son Fletcher. Sarah, choral director at Chaska High School, lives in Chaska, with her husband Jon and twins Esther and Weston.