Our talented conductors volunteer countless hours directing both the symphony and chorus in order to bring you the best quality music in a world class concert hall.
Ensign Symphony & Chorus Conductor
Dr. Steve Danielson recently completed a doctorate in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers. His research areas include Slovak choral music, improvisation in the choral classroom, and choral folk music. His dissertation is entitled A Heritage of Songs: The Folk Songs Collection of Carrie Grover. He earned his M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Memphis in 2005 and a B.A. in Voice from Brigham Young University in 2002. He spent 11 years directing choirs and musical theater at Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.
In addition to directing choirs, Steve also works as a musical director for high school, community, and children’s theaters and 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. His compositions have been performed by church, high school, middle school, and college choirs around the country and abroad. For more information about his conducting pursuits as well as his compositions, visit his websites at SDCompose.weebly.com or ScriptureSongs.weebly.com.
He tries not to take himself too seriously. Steve and his wife, Angi, have seven children and currently reside in Lacey.
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 National Board certified in music education. He studied violin with Walter Schwede, oboe with principal Chicago Symphony oboist Alex Klein, and conducting with Kory Katseanes.
Chase is the co-founder of the Summer String Academy, a summer orchestra camp where middle school students connect and learn from professional musicians. He conducted for the Issaquah Middle School Honor Orchestra and Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia Organization (SOGO); coached winds and strings for the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Everett Youth Symphony and SOGO; and taught music theory at summer camps.
Currently, Chase teaches orchestra in the Bellevue School District at Odle Middle School. Over his career, he has taught band, choir and orchestra to students in grades 4-12. In this time, he premiered a piece by nationally-acclaimed composer Richard Meyer, featured Bellevue High School in Carnegie Hall, and led his students to earn countless superior ratings and ranks. Because of his outstanding work, Chase is sought by his peers and is regularly employed as clinician, judge, and guest conductor around the Puget Sound.
As a long-time member of the Washington Music Educator’s Association, he served as manager in five WMEA All-State/All-Northwest high school symphony groups. Chase was elected to serve as Orchestra Curriculum Officer of the Washington Music Educators Association, a position in which he currently serves.
Chase held positions as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. As a performer, Chase was principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He currently resides in Renton with his wife, Christi, and three children.