Steven S. Slusher, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, received his Master of Music degree as the choral conducting graduate assistant from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Mr. Slusher holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Ohio Northern University, where he is the founding director of The ONU Men’s Chorus. He served as band director in the Lima City School District as well as the director of the Lima Alumni Band. Mr. Slusher has conducted throughout the United States from the Crystal Cathedral in California to Riverside Church in New York City. In 2003 he was the guest conductor of Summer Dreams, a city honors choir of 68 students that traveled to New York City to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the famous America Sings. Mr. Slusher is a previous winner of the Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition and the Lima Symphony Orchestra Competition. He has performed in many musicals, opera productions and orchestral works including Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Mozart’s The Impressario, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and most recently Faure’s Requiem with the Yakima Symphony Chorus. In 2013, he was a featured soloist at Missouri’s Music Education Association Convention (MMEA) as well as a backup singer for Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis. Mr. Slusher is the past assistant director and soloist (Great and Marvelous CD) of the Bach Society of St. Louis and a principal singer and soloist (Schubert Mass in Eb and Rachmoninoff Vespers) for the St. Louis Symphony. He was on the music faculty at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri for seven years teaching choir, choral arranging, private voice, opera workshop, vocal pedagogy and vocal literature. He also assisted with the marching band and concert band. Steven served as the director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Louis and, most recently, director of choirs at Toppenish High School. Currently, Mr. Slusher is director of choral/vocal activities at Yakima Valley College as well as an active adjudicator.