Ensign Symphony & Chorus Conductor
Steve Danielson is currently working on a D.M.A. 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 M.M. 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 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. 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.
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 certificated in music education. He studied violin with Walter Schwede, oboe with principal Chicago Symphony oboist Alex Klein, and conducting with Kory Katseanes.
Mr. Chang 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, Mr. Chang 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, Mr. Chang 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. Mr. Chang was elected to serve as Orchestra Curriculum Officer of the Washington Music Educators Association, a position in which he currently serves.
Mr. Chang held positions as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. As a performer, Mr. Chang was principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He currently resides in Renton with his wife, Christi, and three children.