Ensign Symphony & Chorus Conductor
Steve Danielson is currently working on a DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Dr. Geoffrey Boers. His research areas include Slovak choral music, improvisation in the choral classroom, and the folk songs of Carrie Grover. He earned his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Memphis and a B.A. in voice from Brigham Young University. He spent 11 years directing choirs at Germantown High School in Germantown, TN. In addition to directing choirs, Steve also works as a musical director for high school, community, and children’s theaters as has been nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction, which he won in 2010. In 2014, he wrote, directed, and starred in the original musical Here to Stay: The Joseph Stay Story. He is an active vocalist, conductor, and composer and holds membership in ASCAP and ACDA. For more information about his conducting pursuits as well as his compositions, visit his website at SDCompose.weebly.com. He tries not to take himself too seriously. Steve and his wife, Angi, have seven children and live in Lacey.
Mr. Chase Chang holds an M. M. in Conducting from Brigham Young University, a B.A. and B.M. in Music Education from the University of Washington, and is a National Board certified teacher in music. He studied violin with Walter Schwede, studied oboe with former principal Chicago Symphony oboist, Alex Klein, and studied conducting with Kory Katseanes (director of School of Music at BYU and conductor). His mentors have also included music educator and composer Mark Jasinski , Tim Salzman (director of the University of Washington bands), Arthur Shaw (retired conductor; Western Washington Univeristy and Rogue Valley Symphony).
Mr. Chang worked with nationally known composer, Richard Meyer, and premiered “A Keltic Feast” with his middle school orchestra in 2008. “A Keltic Feast” is now a published piece performed by many orchestras around the nation. Mr. Chang conducted for the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) for three years. He conducted orchestras and taught music theory at the St. Martin’s University Summer Music camp. At SOGO, Mr. Chang premiered the children’s program piece, “The Little Pernambuco Tree”. He coached winds and strings for the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, and Everett Youth Symphony. Mr. Chang held principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He has taught orchestra, band, and choir in the public schools since 1998.
Mr. Chang has been sought after as a clinician, judge, and guest conductor around the Puget Sound area. He is a long time and active member of the Washington Music Educators’ Association and was Site Manager for the 2011 WMEA High School All-Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Group Manager for the 2014 All-State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chang directed the orchestras at Tyee Middle School in the Bellevue School District and is the current director of the Bellevue High School Orchestras. Mr. Chang’s student orchestras consistently receive high marks at festivals and was selected at a national level to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2015. He is the artistic director and principal conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Chase Chang, his wife, Christi Chang, and their two children reside in Renton, Washington.