Addison Youngblood

Artistic Director


grew up within the music community of Rockford. As a child, Addison performed with the Rock Valley College Community Orchestra and Community Band, spent many summers in the Starlight Theatre Pit Orchestra, and played with the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Addison left for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed a Bachelors in Music Education, graduating with Highest Honors and awarded Outstanding Senior in Music Education. Addison was offered a full scholarship to return to the University to complete a Master’s degree in both Trombone Performance and Literature, where he studied with Elliot Chasanov and Jim Pugh, and in Choral Music, where he studied with Andrew Megill. While pursuing a Master’s in Choral Music, Addison served as the Assistant Conductor of the University of Illinois Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Choir Director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana, IL, Adjunct Instructor of music at Rock Valley College. In addition to his formal studies, Addison has had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with some of most prominent musicians in the choral field, including Johannes Hiemetsberger, Donald Nally, and Joseph Flummerfelt. This past summer, he had the opportunity to perform with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kent Nagano. Addison is also the co-founder of nightmusic, a concert brass quintet comprised of two trumpets and three trombones with their own unique sound and repertoire. Addison currently resides in Chicago, IL where he teaches music at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep.

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David Pearson

Executive Director


has been active in local choral music since 2000 when he began singing with Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford. He studied Business Economics at the University of North Dakota. During that time performed in the top choirs at the university and in the community under the direction of Joshua Bronfman. David graduated UND Summa Cum Laude in 2012. He is a member of Gamma Sigma Alpha and Beta Gamma Sigma; as well as, a Founding Father of Alpha Tau Omega-Delta Nu chapter at the University of North Dakota. Since Graduating, David has returned to Rockford full time and is working with his father, running Pearson Fastener, a third generation fastener manufacturer. In his free time, David Volunteers at Heartland Community Church where he is the lead guitarist for weekend worship.

Paul Steffan

Development Director


began performing 16 years ago. Since then, Paul has garnered more than sixty artistic credits as a performer, vocal coach, conductor, and composer. Paul contributed to productions with numerous local theater companies and musical ensembles and was the recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award for an exceptional student in the performing arts. In his sophomore year, Paul transferred to Yale College where he studies with Janna Baty, a professor at the Yale School of Music. He also served as a paid chorister and has performed several seasons with the Yale Baroque Opera Project. In addition to vocal studies, Paul took a year-long conducting seminar with Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada, a former student of Leonard Bernstein.  He has worked on two pilot studies related to questions of music cognition and perception.  Paul is the founder of the Timothy Dwight Community Chamber Orchestra, a Yale Affiliated Community ensemble. Paul graduated Yale summa cum laude in May with an honors degree in biology and currently works as a neuroscience researcher at Yale’s Medical School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.