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Mr. John Stegner
Adjunct Instructor of Music

J. Stegner

Personal Information:

Marital Status: Married to Deborah Elaine Kidd Stegner

Children: Michael, Dawne, Christopher, and Eric

 

Current Position and Title:

Retired Public School Choral Music Director (34 years)

Director of Music, First Christian Church, Richmond, KY

Director of Choirs, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY

Adjunct Instructor, Choral Methods, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY

 

Education:

  • Tecumseh High School, New Carlisle, Ohio 1966
  • Urbana College, Urbana, Ohio (AA) 1968
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky (BME) 1971
  • Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas 1972
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky (MA) 1974
  • Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Robert Shaw Summer Workshops 1979 – 81
  • Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph Missouri
  • SPEBSQSA – Harmony College 1982
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (Rank I) 1996

 

Teaching Experience:

  • Montgomery County Schools, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky 1972 – 90
  • Middle and High School
  • Rowan County Schools, Morehead, Kentucky 1990 – 94
  • Middle and High School
  • Fayette County Schools, Lexington, Kentucky 1994 – 03
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Choral Music / Music Education 2003 - 05

 

Church Choir Experience:

  • First Baptist Church, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky 1974 - 75
  • Adult Sanctuary Choir Director
  • First Christian Church, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky 1976 - 90
  • Adult Sanctuary Choir Director
  • Centenary Methodist Church, Lexington, Kentucky 1996 - 98
  • Youth Choir Director / Adult Sanctuary Choir Assistant
  • Broadway Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky 2001 - 07
  • Director of Music (Adult Sanctuary Choir,
  • Men’s, Women’s Ensembles, Youth Choir)
  • First Christian Church, Richmond, Kentucky 2007 -
  • Director of Music (Adult Sanctuary Choir,
  • Youth Choir, Hand bells)
  • Initiated Church Choir Festival – Mt. Sterling First Christian Church
  • Initiated Church Choir Festival – Broadway Christian Church

Community Choral Groups:

  • Director, Georgetown Choral Society 1980 - 81
  • Director, Mt. Sterling Chorale 1986 - present
  • Director, Lexington Barbershop Chorus (SPEBSQSA) 1982 - 85
  • Assistant Director and Vocal Participant, Lexington Singers 1973 - 80

 

Guest Adjudicator:

  • Kentucky Music Educators Association District Elementary, Middle, and HS
  • Indiana Music Educators Association State High School Choral Finals
  • New York Music Educators Association District High School Choral Festival
  • Virginia Music Educators Association District Choral Festivals
  • Southeastern Kentucky Music Educators Association
  • Adams County, Ohio, High School Choral Festivals
  • (Numerous others)

 

Guest Conductor / Clinician:

  • Kentucky Music Educators Association District Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Indiana Music Educators Association District Middle and High School
  • Virginia Music Educators Association District Choral Festivals Middle and High School
  • Southeastern Kentucky Music Educators Association High School Choral Festivals
  • Adams County, Ohio, High School Choral Festivals
  • Kentucky Choral Directors Association Summer In-Service Conference (Choral Sound)
  • Ohio Music Educators Association In-Service Conference (Vocal Warm-Ups)
  • International Choral Festival, Tian Jin and Shenyang, China (Director)

Professional Memberships:

  • Music Educators National Conference – Kentucky Music Educators Association
  • American Choral Directors Association (lifetime member)
  • Kentucky Choral Directors Association
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (past member)
  • National Association of Jazz Educators (past member)

 

Professional Offices Held:

  • KMEA: Choral Chair, District 7 – 11
  • KMEA: President, District 7 – 11
  • KMEA: State Choral Chair
  • KMEA: Choral Chair, District 8
  • KMEA: Contest – Festival Commission
  • KMEA: State Choral Council Member
  • ACDA: R & S Male Chorus Chair

 

Awards and Honors:

  • “John Stegner Day” awarded by the City of Mt. Sterling 1978
  • Secondary Teacher of the Year (KMEA) 1989
  • Outstanding Young Man of America 1990
  • Arts Educator of the Year, National Society of Arts and Letters 1998
  • Twenty-Five Year Service Award (KMEA) 1998
  • Distinguished Service Award (KMEA) 2005
  • “Robert K. Baar” Choral Excellence Award 2006

 

Performance Recognitions: Montgomery County Choirs:

  • Consistently received Distinguished ratings at local and state KMEA Festivals (’73-’90)
  • “Best in Class”, Six Flags Choral Festivals, Atlanta, Georgia (’83-85)
  • “Best in Class”, National Heritage Choral Festival, Washington, D.C. (’86)
  • Featured Performance, International Kiwanis Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (’87)
  • Featured Performance, KMEA In-Service Conferences (3 occasions)
  • Guest Performance for Governor Martha Layne Collins
  • Toured Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Tennessee
  • Guest Performance, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville

 

Rowan County Choirs:

  • Consistently received Distinguished ratings at local and state KMEA Festivals (’90-’94)
  • Featured performance, KMEA In-Service Conference, Louisville (’92)
  • “Best in Class”, Music in the Parks Choral Festival, Kings Island Amusement Park (’93)
  • Guest Performance for Governor Wallace Wilkinson (‘93)

 

Lafayette Choirs:

  • Consistently received Distinguished ratings at local and state KMEA Festivals
  • Named “Best in Class” at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival, Gatlinburg, TN
  • (4 choirs in ‘00; 4 choirs in ’01)
  • Invited to sing at Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox), and Northwestern University
  • Invited to sing at St. John the Divine Cathedral, and United Nations, New York
  • “Best in Class”, Music in the Parks Choral Festival, Cedar Point Amusement Park
  • “Best in Class”, Music in the Parks Choral Festival, Kings Island Amusement Park
  • Performed for Mayor Pam Miller, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council Meeting
  • Guest Performance for Governor Paul Patton at Governor’s Mansion
  • Invited to perform at “Epcot Center”, Orlando, Florida
  • “Best in Class” Music Fest Choral Festival, Orlando, Florida

 

Other Choral Performances and Festivals Attended:

  • Morehead State University Annual Choral Festivals
  • Morehead State University Invitational Choral Festivals
  • Eastern Kentucky University Honors Choir Festivals
  • Eastern Kentucky University Invitational Choral Festivals
  • University of Kentucky Bluegrass Choral Festivals
  • University of Kentucky Invitational Choral Festivals
  • Exchange Concerts, Greenwood HS, Greenwood, Indiana
  • Exchange Concerts, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Exchange Concerts, Paul Blazer HS, Ashland
  • (Numerous other Choral Events)

 

Personal Outside Interests:

Aircraft and flying, motorcycles and riding, photography, water sports, hiking, spending time with family and friends