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Stephen Marshall-Ward is a creative musicianeducatordesigner, and activist

Stephen's current musical collaborations include being half of the Duo-Organist team with Dr. Wanda Griffiths – performing together throughout the Northwest and in Southern California.  Stephen is now Minister of Music and Organist at All Pilgrims Christian Church and Accompanist at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. He also serves as Musical Director of two civic choirs: Cantabile of Skagit Valley and reSound – A Northwest Chamber Ensemble.  Stephen finds his greatest joy in helping other people discover and free their gifts – giving voice to their own dreams and callings.

As an activist, Stephen is Founder and Director of the Institute for Social Change through the Arts, a group of passionate, forward-thinking artists and art lovers who see immeasurable possibility in the intersection of creating art, community, and social justice. He is also the creator and executive producer of The Architecture of Family, and co-creator of the project Reformed & Reforming

Stephen has two wonderful grown sons and lives in Lynnwood, WA with his husband James and their silky terrier, Nikki. 


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Michael Austin Miller, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, now resides in Snohomish, WA, a suburb of Seattle, where he serves as Director of Music Ministries at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Also, he has served as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Bainbridge Chorale since 2010.  

He has held choral and instrumental teaching positions from elementary to university level.  Additionally, he has served as conductor for the Trinity Lutheran College Concert Choir and Trinity’s Chamber EnsembleWinthrop University Jazz VoicesLancaster Chamber Choir, Carolina Voices’ Impromptu!, and the Rock Hill Community Choir.  

Michael was granted the “GREAT TEACHING AWARD” in 1998 from Lancaster (SC) County School District.   This award is given annually to a first or second year teacher in the school district for excellence in teaching. In 2011, Michael was the recipient of Trinity Lutheran College’s “EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING” award.  Nominations for this award came from students and are voted on by faculty, staff and students.   

He enjoys serving as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for school, church and honor choirs.  He is constantly composing and arranging music and is Composer in Residence for reSound, a Northwest Chamber Ensemble.  In November 2017, his piece Virga Jesse Floruit was published by Oxford University Press.