2018 Mixed Jazz
Steve Widenhofer joined the faculty of Millikin University in 1983, serving as Chair of Music Industry Studies before his tenure as Director of the School of Music from 2003-2017. He has now returned to the the full time teaching faculty. Besides coordinating the vocal jazz program since its inception in 1986, Widenhofer is also founder of First Step Records, Millikin’s record label and publishing company which is run as a student venture as part of Millikin’s Performance Learning Initiative. He is active as a guest clinician/conductor throughout the Midwest, directing numerous Illinois state district jazz ensembles as well as All-State honor jazz choirs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana. Under his direction, OneVoice, the flagship vocal jazz ensemble at Millikin, is considered to be one of the premier collegiate groups of its kind in the country. The group has been invited to perform at various educational conferences and
collegiate jazz festivals throughout the United States including the Jazz
Educator’s Network [JEN] international conference in 2012 and 2016,
International Association of Jazz Educators [IAJE] conventions in New York City  and San Diego , the American Choral Director’s Association [ACDA] international convention , ACDA Central Division Conference [2002 & 2012], and five times at the Illinois State Music Educator's Association state conference in Peoria. The group has traveled and performed in the Dominican Republic four times as well as in Santiago, Chile and most recently Buenos Aires, Argentina. This past Spring, OneVoice received its fifth DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award. OneVoice’s latest recording, Otono, is available through
Spotify and iTunes. Dr. Widenhofer holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Ball State University and the Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He performs regularly as free-lance pianist and is also on the music staff at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Decatur, IL.