Steven Kandow, Music Director
Dr. Steven Kandow is currently assistant professor of music and director of the USF Marching Pride at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN. Dr. Kandow is also conductor of the Five Lakes Silver Band, a British-style brass band based in Madison Heights, MI. This ensemble consists of music educators and professional musicians from around the Midwest and performs several concerts every year in the Detroit area.
Prior to his appointment at USF, Dr. Kandow served as the director of the Battler Marching Band at Alderson Broaddus University. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance under Ava Ordman at Michigan State University and concurrently completed a Master of Music degree in wind conducting under Dr. Kevin Sedatole. Dr. Kandow also studied under Dr. Robert Lindahl at Central Michigan University and completed a Master of Music degree in trombone performance and a Bachelor of Music education degree there.
While studying at Michigan State University, Dr. Kandow founded the MSU Brass Choir. He also guest conducted a variety of wind groups at MSU, including the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Campus Band, and Chamber Winds. Dr. Kandow has performed as a substitute musician with several regional orchestras throughout the state of Michigan. His primary area of research is in the field of microtonal music. After completing a quarter-tone method book for his dissertation project, Dr. Kandow is hoping to expand his research to other orchestral instruments and publish a method book series for quarter-tonal performance practice.