Stephen C Edwards
Our New Director of Music and Worship
We are very happy to announce that we have chosen our new Director of Music and Worship! After conducting a nationwide search and working through a pool of very strong candidates, we found the right person here in Chicagoland. Stephen C Edwards will come to us with extensive church experience, sincere faith, and a vibrant spirit.
A highly accomplished, versatile, and multifaceted musician and choral director, Stephen has been teaching and working with choirs and vocal ensembles for over 15 years. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Allegrezza and is the former Artistic Director of Windy City Performing Arts where he led the Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria. Among Stephen’s numerous accomplishments are tenures with the Chicago Symphony Chorus — where he earned two Grammy Awards, and was the featured tenor soloist with the Chicago Symphony in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music – the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and most recently, an appointment to the national Board of Directors for GALA Choruses, where he will serve a three-year term supporting and promoting GALA Choruses throughout the United States and abroad.
Stephen comes to us from Community United Methodist Church in Naperville where he has served for the last 8 1/2 years. He has experience with bell groups, children’s music, choral music, contemporary music, and has been actively involved in all aspects of worship planning. After college, Stephen attended seminary and then completed a Master of Music (in Sacred Music/Vocal Performance) at Baylor University.
Stephen will began his work with us on April 7, 2014.