Tom Steffens joined the staff at UUCE this past September as Interim Choir Director. Prior to coming UUCE, Tom had been the music director at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in McHenry. He served as organist/pianist from 1989 to 2016. In 2003, directing the Choir was added to his duties. Tom is also a composer and arranger, primarily of choral music. His works are often performed by church, high school and college choruses. Tom is a professional musician. He plays piano, trombone and sings. He has also directed musical theater for different professional, educational and community theater companies throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. He lives in Woodstock with Beth and their dog, Nemo.
Some Choir Quotes
I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity… to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that. – Paul McCartney