Ensign Symphony & Chorus Conductor
Dr. Steve Danielson recently completed a Doctorate in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers. His research areas include Slovak choral music, improvisation in the choral classroom, and choral folk music. His dissertation is entitled A Heritage of Songs: The Folk Songs Collection of Carrie Grover. He earned his M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Memphis in 2005 and a B.A. in Voice from Brigham Young University in 2002. He spent 11 years directing choirs and musical theater at Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.
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. His compositions have been performed by church, high school, middle school, and college choirs around the country and abroad. For more information about his conducting pursuits as well as his compositions, visit his websites at SDCompose.weebly.com or ScriptureSongs.weebly.com.
He tries not to take himself too seriously. Steve and his wife, Angi, have seven children and currently reside in Lacey.
Ensign Symphony Conductor
Chase Chang received his conducting masters at Brigham Young University, Provo. He received his B.A. and B.M. in Music education at the University of Washington. He studied with Western Washington University Violin Professor and former Seattle Symphony Associate Concert Master, Walter Schwede. Chase studied oboe with former Chicago Symphony and current Calgary Symphony principal oboist, Alex Klein. Chase studied conducting with Kory Katseanes. He worked with nationally known composer, Richard Meyer to premier “A Keltic Feast.” Chase was an assistant conductor at Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). He conducted orchestras and taught music theory at the St. Martin's University Summer Music camp. Chase held principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He held positions as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. As a long-time member of the Washington Music Educator’s Association, he served as manager in five WMEA All-State/All-Northwest symphony groups since 2011. He currently serves as the elected Orchestra Curriculum Officer of the Washington Music Educators Association. Chase is the co-founder of the Summer String Academy, a summer orchestra camp where middle school students connect and learn from professional musicians. He currently resides in Renton, with his wife, Christi Chang, and their three children.
Ensign Symphony & Chorus Associate Conductor
Dr. Kenneth Owen received the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Utah, where he studied with Frank Wienstock and Dr. Barlow Bradford. He went on to study conducting with Dr. Ronald Staheli and to work with the renowned choirs at Brigham Young University. There he received the Master of Music degree in Choral conducting and also studied orchestral conducting. At Arizona State University Ken received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and again studied orchestral conducting with Dr. Timothy Russell. Ken has studied and worked with such conductors as Paul Salomonovich, Dale Warland, Craig Jessop, Simon Carrington, and Jerry McCoy.
Conductor, pianist and educator, Ken is the chair of the music, art and philosophy departments at Pierce College Puyallup and is on the Music Faculty. Ken directs the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir at Pierce College as well as a children’s choir through the community education department. Ken also serves as a member of the state board for the American Choral Directors Association as the Two-year College Choir representative.
In addition to his work at Pierce College, he has directed many notable academic ensembles including the Arizona State University Concert Choir, ASU Women’s Chorus, Brigham Young University Concert Choir, the 180-voice BYU Women’s Chorus and others. Ken has also conducted the BYU University and String Orchestras. He has been working with church choirs and community choirs since 1995 and has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their radio and television broadcasts.
Ensign Symphony Associate Conductor, Concert Master
Nathan Rødahl is a rising star in orchestral pedagogy and education. He is presently director of orchestras at Port Angeles High School with one of the largest and most prestigious programs in the state, and serves as president of the North Olympic Music Educators. Rødahl’s conducting credits include, among others, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, and the Plateau Community Orchestra (a position he earned at the age of 17). Nathan has several competitive titles, most notably through the University of Oregon International Conducting Competition where he was selected for extended study and performance under the tutelage of Neil Varon (of the Eastman School of Music). Nathan earned degrees in orchestral and choral pedagogy at Pacific Lutheran University and counts among his primary mentors: Dr.s Jeffrey Bell-Hanson, Edwin Powell, Richard Nance, Nikolas Caoile, David Jacobs, and Neil Varon. He has been Concert Master for Ensign Symphony & Chorus for the past three years. Nathan lives in Port Angeles with his wife Samantha, and maintains an active performing career as a violinist, in addition to his numerous educational and conducting obligations.