Stephen Marshall-Ward's love for all kinds of great choral music and the joy he finds in the choral experience have inspired him as a professional choral director for more than thirty-five years. As Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, he teaches conducting and directs the Chamber Ensemble, Trinity’s premier vocal group. He co-founded The Institute for Spirituality and the Arts, was an instructor of music theory and directed the men’s chorus at Seattle Pacific University, and is a past Dean of the Seattle chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Stephen is currently completing a doctorate in sacred music at Oxford University in England through the Graduate Theological Foundation. His education has included post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College and Southwestern Theological Seminary's School of Church Music, studying organ privately with John Weaver, Chair of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School, and various workshops and symposiums from Los Angeles to New York City to Cambridge University in England. Stephen has also taught privately for most of his life. He is delighted at the opportunity to join Cantabile, building on its strong leadership and further developing the gift of great choral music, both sacred and secular, for the people of Skagit Valley and beyond. The members of Cantabile are excited about working with Stephen, and are sure our audiences will appreciate the fresh new voice he brings to our community and to the arts in the Skagit Valley and beyond.